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COSMOLOGY

OR

Cabala. Universal Science. Alchemy.


CONTAINING

THE MYSTERIES OF THE


UNIVERSE,
REGARDING

GOD

NATURE MAN,

THE
Macrocosm and Microcosm
ETERNITY and TIME
EXPLAINED ACCORDING TO

THE RELIGION OF CHRIST


BY MEANS OF

THE SECRET SYMBOLS


OF THE

ROSICRUCIANS
OF THE SIXTEENTH AND SEVENTEENTH CENTURIES.

,
COPIED AND TRANSLATED FROM AN OLD GERMAN MANUSCRIPT, AND PROVIDED
WITH A DICTIONARY OF OCCULT TERMS
BY

FRANZ HARTMANN, M.D.


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BOSTON
OCCULT PUBLISHING COMPANY
130 TREMONT STREET
1888
The bulk of this book is translated from a German work published at Altona in two parts in 1785 and
1788 (Geheime Figuren der Rosenkreuzer aus dem 16ten und 17ten Jahrhundert). The 25 plates of
symbolic figures with accompanying text are taken from this (much text has been omitted), as are
the alchemical texts making up the first half of Part II. The introduction and “Vocabulary of Occult
Terms” are by Hartmann, as are the annotations to the alchemical and allegorical texts.
Texts OCRed and proofed by Frater T.S. from scans of photocopies of the 1888 edition. Further
proofreading may be necessary.
By an editorial error, a section of the ‘Glossary’ (from a note to “Macrocosm and Microcosm”
through to “Materia Prima”) was placed out of sequence in the print edition; this has been corrected.
With this exception, pagination and layout of the text sections has been retained.
The alchemical and allegorical texts in Part II were translated by Hartmann, and somewhat re-
arranged and hacked around, from the Aureum Seculum Redivivum (Golden Age Restored) and
Tractatus Aureus (Golden Tractate), two German alchemical tracts of the early 17th century, which
prior to their appearance in the Geheime Figuren had been translated into Latin and published in the
Hermetic Museum (1625, “restored and enlarged” edition 1678). The Aureum Seculum Redivivum
appears pretty much in its entirity (under the titles “Preface” and “Allegory”), although mixed up
with extracts from the Tractatus Aureus and with its title page put at the start of Part I for no clear
reason. The vast bulk of the Tractatus Aureus, a technical-alchemical treatise bulked out by citations
of authorities (about 16 pages at the same page and type size used here) is replaced by a garbled two-
page synopsis mis-titled “Introduction.” The untitled foreword “to the Disciple who desires to learn
the Hermetic Art” and the “Parable” in Part II are from the Tractatus Aureus. Hartmann’s footnotes
may have been intended to mislead and can probably be safely ignored. Given that German was as
far as I am aware Hartmann’s first language I have no idea why he made such a mess of the
translation.
A more or less complete English translation of the Geheime Figuren was issued in the 1930s by the
American “Rosicrucian” society AMORC and has seen a number of reprints; it includes much
material omitted in the present edition.
This work is in the public domain.
The present e-text consists of excerpts only.
Release 0.31 – 04.03.2004 (bibliographical note heavily revised from previous release)
Includes: title pages, all text sections
Currently omitted: all plates.

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PART I.

AUREUM SECULUM REDIVIVUM


or

The Ancient Golden Age,


which has disappeared from the Earth, but will reappear;
whose germ is beginning to sprout, and will bear blossom and fruit,
by
HENCRICUS MADATHANUS THEOSOPHUS,
Medicus & tandem, Dei gratia, aureæ crucis frater.

Translated from the German.


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“If there is one among You who is deficient in wisdom, let him pray to the spirit of truth,
who comes to the simple-minded, but does not obtrude upon any one,
and he will surely obtain it.”—Jacob. Epist. v. 5.
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SYMBOLUM AUTHORIS:
Centrum Mundi: Granum Fundi.
THE SECRET SYMBOLS OF THE ROSICRUCIANS.
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INTRODUCTION
(BY THE TRANSLATOR).

A FEW centuries ago the name “Rosicrucian” produced a great stir in the world. It suddenly and
mysteriously appeared on the mental horizon, and as mysteriously disappeared again. The Rosicru--
cians were said to be a secret society of men possessing superhuman—if not supernatural—powers; they
were said to be able to prophesy future events, to penetrate into the deepest mysteries of nature, to transform
Iron, Copper, Lead, or Mercury into Gold, to prepare an Elixir of Life or Universal Panacea, by the use of
which they could preserve their youth and manhood; and moreover it was believed that they could' command
the Elemental Spirits of Nature and knew the secret of the Philosopher’s Stone, a substance which rendered him
who possessed it all-powerful, immortal; and supremely wise.
Many historical facts seem to confirm the truth of such statements, and certain still-existing legal
documents go to prove that gold on certain occasions has been indeed produced by artificial means, but the
Rosicrudans always insisted that this art was only one of the most insigni£cant parts of their divine science, and
that they possessed far more important secrets. Some of those people believed to be Rosicrucians coul.d heal
the sick by the mere touch of their hands, or by means of some wonderful medicines, and they performed
same extraordinary feats which equalled those recorded in the Christian Bib1e and in other sacred books and
histories of ancient religions. Some were believed to have attained an age of several hundred years; some are
believed to be still living upon this earth. The Rosicrucians themselves did not contradict such stories; on
the contrary, they asserted that there were many occult laws and mysterious powers; of which mankind on
the whole knew very little at those times, and which would for many centuries to come remain unknown to
“science”; because all science is based upon the observation of facts, and facts must be perceived before they
can be observed; but the spiritual powers of perception are not yet sufficiently among mankind as a whole to
enable them to perceive spiritual things. They say that if our spiritual powers of perception were fully
developed, we should see this universe peopled with other beings than ourselves, and of whose existence we
know nothing at present. They say that we should then see this universe filled with things of 1ife, whose
beauty and sublimity surpass the most exalted imagination of man, and we should learn mysteries in com-
parison with which the art of making gold sinks into insignificance and becomes comparatively worthless.
They speak of the inhabitants of the four kingdoms of nature, of Nymphs, Undines. Gnomes, Sylphs.
Salamanders, and Fairies,—as if they were people with whom they were most intimately acquainted, and as if
they did not belong to the realm of the fable, but were living beings of an ethereal organization. too subtle to
be perceived by our gross material senses; but living, conscious, and knowing, ready to serve and instruct
man and to be instructed by him. They speak of Planetary Spirits who were formerly men. but who are now
as far above human beings as the latter are above animals, and they seriously assert that if men knew the
divine powers, which are dormant in their constitution, and were to pay attention to their development,
instead of wasting all their life and energies upon the comparatively insignificant and trifling affairs of their
short and transient extemal existence upon this earth. they might in time become like those planetary spirits
or gods.
We are not in a position to demonstrate to what extent such assertions made by ancient and, modem
Rosicrucians. are true, or whether those accounts have been exaggerated or misunderstood, nor would we
expect to be believed if we were to put forward our testimony to strengthen a doctrine rejected by modern
scientific authorities who have never seen anything but what can be seen by means of the external senses.
We do not desire to dispute with those who are incapable of seeing in man more than an intellectual animal,
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who are extremely skeptical in regard to the existence of an invisib1e world within the visible one, but who
are vain and credulous enough to believe that nothing can possibly exist of whose existence they know
nothing; and that if anything spiritual or divine were to exist, in spite of their assertions to the contrary,
they would have found it out long ago. We have no desire to quarrel with the learned about such matters:
because the existence of the Unseen cannot be proved so long as it is invisible for them, and even the exist-
ence of the seen remains a mere matter of opinion and speculation for those who are blind.
What can a purely material science know about Spirit or about God? what can a science which deals
merely with the details of the external phenomena of life know about the fundamental, invisible principles
which are the external causes of the universal manifestations of life?
There were true and false “Rosicrucians” during the Middle Ages, as there are true and merely nominal
“Christians” to-day. The Pseudo-Rosicrucians were very numerous; the true ones were seldom to be found.
Some people believed to be Rosicrucians were imprisoned in dungeons and tortured, with a view to extract
their secrets from them; but nothing was gained by such persecutions, because divine things cannot be
revealed to him who has not tbe capacity to comprehend such revelations. No one can be taught how to
employ spiritual powers which he does not possess, and no one possesses spiritual powers unless he becomes
spiritual himself. No one can be taught to be a good artist or musician unless he possesses a natural talent
for the exercise of such arts; no one can be taught how to exercise spiritual functions unless he possesses
the organs required for them. As well might we attempt to instruct an animal how to use human speech,
as to attempt to teach an unspiritual person to exercise spiritual powers and to become an A1chemist.
Such attempts would always end with a failure; because the laws of nature are unchangeable, and no
being can enter a higher state than that to which its nature is adapted. Intellectuality is not identical
with Spirituality. but merely a product of spiritual activity in its incipient stage; only, when man has,
outgrown his animality can his organization become a fit instrument for the exercise of divine powers
and a proper temple for the habitation of God.
Although the ancient Rosicrucians were visible men, inhabiting mortal and visible bodies, neverthe-
1ess they were highly spiritually developed beings, in whom the occult powers, dormant in the constitution
of all men, had become unfolded to such an extent that they could control the action of the universal
principle of Life, and obtain power over certain secret forces in nature; and they were therefore able to
perform deeds which must necessarily appear incredible or miraculous to those who do not possess such
powers. This ignorance of the secret forces of nature is. the cause why all modern scientific and his-
torical researches regarding the true nature of the Rosicrucians have been a failure; and their character
and history is not under-stood merely because the true character and nature of that being which we call
Man is not understood, nor his full history known.
What and who were the Rosicrucians? The question is ans'wered by the echo: What and who is
Man? So long as we know nothing of man, except his external anatomy and physiology, we cannot hope
to be able to judge about the sources of his emotional and intellectual functions, much less about the
divine attributes which the real inner man—the regenerated spirit—possesses. If we want to know
anything about the divine inner man, the consciousness of our own divinity must first become alive
within ourselves, and we must attain self-knowledge; for man cannot actually know anything except that
which exists within himself—all other learning is merely speculation, guesswork, belied and opinion.
A little reflection will prove the truth of this statement: If we look at any external objcct, say—
for instance—a tree, we perceive nothing of it except the image which its reflection creates in our mind,
consequently within our own selves. How, then, could we know anything about a thing which does not
exist in our own mind, but in the mind of another. It is true that another person may give us a
description which will enable us to form an image in our mind resembling, to a certain extent, the
image in the mind of the other; but such an image is our own product; it is. merely our own creation
which we have created with the help of aoother, and we therefore know nothing but that which we
have ourselves created. Moreovcr, if, wc see, feel, smell. hear. or taste a thing, we know. for all that,
nothing about it; all we know are the sensations which it produces on our organism. ami if our organi-
zation were different, the sensations received would be different. We therefore know nothing about the
thing itself, but merely our relations to it. How, then, could we know anything about a thing to which
we stand in no relation, or in a relation of which we are unconscious? This is an old philosophical
doctrine, which is theoretical1y accepted by our scientists and philosophers, but which they are continu-
ally disregarding in practical life, because they have not yet fully awakened to a realization of its truth.
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What we know about external things is therefore merely the re1ation in which we stand to their
external appearance, while of the invisible powers, which are the causes of such external appearances,
we know absolutely nothing; because they produce no impressions upon our minds, and are therefore
non-existent within our own selves. It is true that we may employ our fallible intellectual powers and
draw logical deductions in regard to the unknown, by reasoning from the basis of that which we
inagine to know: but this is not true knowledge; it is merely speculation, theory, and opinion. Such
theories and opinions may be true or false; they may be good enough until new discoveries are made,
which overthrow them. and upon which new theories are built up, to be overthrown in time again by
others. This is not the kind of knowledge upon which spiritual science is based. Real knowledge is
the result of a direct perception and understanding of the truth, only when the truth exists within
ourselves can we know it; and we can know it only by the knowledge of self.
The only things which modem science actually knows is the external nature, of things as they
appear; but there are certain powers latent within the constitution of man, which, if they become
developed, call a higher scale of internal senses into activity, which may enable him to receive spiritual
impressions, and to hear, see, feel, taste, and smell things which far surpass the powers of perception
of the external senses, and as the latter may be educated by use, likewise the former may be made
more acute and receptive by practice.
All men possess this power of interior perception, to a certain extent; he who would deny this fact
would deny his own reason; for “Reason” is the spiritual or intuitional perception of a truth; it is
“Common Sense” whose decisions are frequently contradicting the logic of the calculating intellect. This
power of Intuition, or, as we would define it, the Feeling of a truth, is, in the majority of men, merely
in a rudimentary state,—an uncertain thing, a sensation easily overruled by the speculating intellect;
but in him whose spirit has awakened to a consciousness of his divine existence, its light grows bright
and its voice becomes strong, and it calls into life the inner senses by which man may see and perceive
the beings and things existing in the realm of the Soul of the Universe and the inner causes of all
external phenomena, and behold the beauties of a spiritual existence of which material science dares not
even begin to dream.
Who can imagine or describe the glories and beauties of the Unseen? Living in a world of gross
material forrns, we know nothing about the ethereal forms of Life which inhabit the immensity of space;
we are prone to imagine that we know all that exists, but our reflection tells us that the infinite realm
of the Unknown is as much greater than the realm of that which is known as the ocean is greater
than a pebble lying upon its shore. Nature is one great living whole, and the spiritual power acting
within her is omnipotent and eternal. He who desires to know Universal Nature and the Eternal
Spirit, must rise above personal and temporal considerations, and look upon nature from the standpoint
of the Eternal and Infinite. He must, so to say, step out of the shell of his limited and circumscribed
personal consciousness, and rise up to the top of the mountain, from which he may enjoy a view of the
wide expanse of the All. He who lives at the periphery sees only a part of the All; only from the
centre of the circle can we survey the actions of light in all its directions as the beams radiate from
the centre. Therefore, the Rosicrucians say that he who knows the One knows All, while he who
believes to know many things, knows only the illusions of the shadow produced by the light of the
One.
The small cannot embrace the great, the finite cannot conceive of tbe infinite; if men desire to
know that which is immensely superior to their personal selves, they must step out of those selves and
by the power of Love embrace the infinite All.
How many who crave for occult knowledge are willing to renounce that personal self, which is so
dear to them, and around whose existence are centred all their hopes, cares, and affections? How
many of those. who desire to be instructed in occult science are willing to accept and to realize practi-
cally the truth of the first doctrines of Occultism; namely, that the Universal Spirit is One. and that
in him and by his power we live and have our being, and that we should love Wisdom above all, and
all humanity,—yea, all living beings,—as if they were part of ourselves? Are not such and similar
truths proclaimed every day from all pulpits in Christian and heathen countries, and are they understood,
realized, and practically followed out by the hearers or by the preachers themselves? Or are they
mere words, impressed upon the memory, listened to by the ear, but neither coming from the heart
nor penetrating to it? Verily, if those truths were realized and practised the Golden Age would soon
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again appear upon the earlh, and we should meet angels and saints, Adepts and Rosicrucians at every
step.
This renunciation of one’s own beloved personal self, with all its desires, theories, and intellectual
speculations is the great stumbling-block in the way of the searchers after the truth, barring the way
to the entrance of the light at the thresho1d of the soul. It is “the stone which the builders rejected,
and which has become the head of the corner. Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken,
but on whomsoever it sha1t fall, it will crush him.” It is the one unavoidable and necessary condition
for those who desire to obtain eternal life; for how could they partake of the consciousness of the
Universal Spirit so long as they cling to the consciousness of being merely a very limited personality?
Upon the recognition of this truth are based all the fundamental doctrines of the religions of the
world; it is the rock (Petra) upon which the universal spiritual church of humanity is built; it is
allegorically represented in the Bhagavatd-Gita by the battle which Arjuna has to fight with his own
personal Egos, to enahle him to become united to Krishna; it is represented by the Christian Cross
adorned with the figure of a dying man; for it is not the Christ-principle which dies upon a cross, but
the semi-animal self which must suffer and die so that the real man may rise into a glorious resurrec-
tion, and become united with the light of the Logos,—the Christ. It is not physical death which is
represented in this beautiful allegory, but the mystic death, the death of personal desires, personal claims,
and personal considerations. Physical death is a matter of little importance, so far as the spirit of man
is concerned: it is merely one iof the many similar incidents which man has to experience during his
eternal career; and physical man dies, is born, and dies again many times before he reaches that state
in which he needs no more to be born and to die. The mystic death refers to the cessation of man’s
existence as a separate and isolated being and his elevation into a higher state, preparatory to his enter-
ing into Nirvana.
To grasp this sublime idea, it wilI, above all, be necessary to form a correct conception of the true
nature of Man. It is acknowledged by all except the most superficial observers, that the external form
of man, whose anatomy we know, is not the real thinking and feeling inner mant but merely an external
expression of the latter. What else can this inner man be but an invisible power, active within the
physical form? This internal power, called the Spirit of Man, has established a centre of life in the
heart and a. centre of thought in the brain; it sends the blood from the heart to all parts of the
physical organism, and the light emanating from the brain radiates along the nerves and communicates
thoughts to the most distant organs of sense. Unconsciously, but nevertheless effectively, the soul acts
in the workshop called a human being, guiding the processes of life and building up a form in which
the character of the spirit becomes expressed in each part of the external shape.
Man leads three different kinds of existence. Two of these states arc known to all; the third is
known only to those who possess the power of spiritual perception, and for all others it is merely a
matter of speculation. The first state in which man exists as a personal human being is as a child in
the womb of its mother. There he leads an almost merely negative existence, knowing nothing at all
about the existence of the outer world, with its inhabitants, its life, light, and sound. Entombed in the
womb of his mother he has nothing else to do but to grow. Even if he were able to think and to
reason, a state of existence outside of that womb would be incomprehensible to him, because it is beyond
his experience; and we might easily imagine a body of scientists in the fœtaI state holding a meeting,
and by drawing logical deductions from what they know, proving scientifically and satisfactorily to each
other that any other existence but that within the womb is a scientific impossibility, and a belief in it
a deplorable delusion. At last, however, the great moment arrives; in spite of all scientific reasoning
that child is born, and enters into a. new, and at first incomprehensible. existence. It is now surrounded
by light and sound, which begin to attract its attention. Things which in its former state were of
supreme importance for its welfare,—such as the placenta, the liquor amnii, the umbilical cord, etc.,—
are now of no importance whatever, and have become perfectly worthless. The new man begins to
grow; he sees other beings beside his own self. which, like himself, seem to have a life of their own;
he feels himself bodily separated from other forms; he feels bodily wants, pleasures, and pains, which
are not shared by others; arid thus the illusion of self is created, and that self appears to be of supreme
importance to him. All of mans thoughts, desires, and aspirations are now centred around that personal
self. He studies how he may increase its pleasures and comforts, how he may keep it from suffering
and prolong its existence. That which concerns his own self appears to him to be the only thing
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needful; that which concerns others, as a matter of secondary consideration, because he feels, knows,
and enjoys only the existence of his own seif.
Many human beings die before they have seen the light of the terrestrial world, or soon after they
are born; many human beings die before they have gotten over the delusion of self, and awakened to
a higher state of existence: comparatively few are born into the light of the eternal life in the spirit,
by the process of spiritual regeneration. This spiritual state is as far superior to man’s terrestrial
existence as the latter is to his fœtal state; and yet it is unknown to science and incomprehensible to
the superficial reasoner. We cannot know what it is, so long as we have not experienced it; but we
may, even by logical reasoning, convince ourselves that such a. state exists..
If we study the processes by which the existence of external things, is brought to our inner con-
sciousness, we easily understand that the mind of man is not a thing enclosed within the narrow limits
of the physical man; but that while the consciousness of man is centred within his organization, the
substance of mind must necessarily reach as far as man’s thoughts can reach. Occult science teaches
that the spiritual power which constitutes the real man, and whose centre of activity is in the heart of
man, whence it radjates to all parts of his organism, is a universal principle which fills, surrounds, and
penetrates all things. Likewise the influence of the rays of the physical sun is manifest everywhere,
penetrating into the seeds and germs of plants, and developing their forms according tp their individual
characters. The sun, without leaving his place in the sky, acts by the influence of his. power within
the forms of terrestriaI things, causing a tree to grow out of a kernel in which no such tree could
possibly have been contained. Likewise .the universal eternal power of the spiritual Sun of the Universe
enters the heart of man, and may develop an immortal being.
A ray of spiritual light enters the heart and stimulates the higher elements of the soul into activity
and life. It establishes—so to say—a centre of polarity in the soul, causing the spiritual .germ to
expand and live a higher life than that of which the physical man is conscious; to breathe a spiritual
ether, too subtle to support the life of the animal souI, and to obtain a knowledge of spiritual truths,
far surpassing the conception of mortals. The powers of the terrestrial sun enter the heart of a tree and
cause the growth of branches and twigs, the development of flowers and fruits; they live even in
the invisible odor which emanates from the trees, and which may perhaps be perceived even before we
approach the latter. The powers of the celestial sun of grace enter the heart of man, and cause the:
development of a soul whose activity extends far beyond the limits of the physical body.
Life, being a function of the eternal Spirit, causes the development of body and soul. It enables
the physical organism to assume a shape resembling that of its parents, and adapted to the conditions
in which it is destined to live; but when the physical form has attained its full development, spiritual
activity does not cease. The physical body of man may have attained its apex of growth and its
strength may begin to decline, and yet man may grow stronger in love and stronger in knowledge, and
acquire more wisdom even during old age. It moreover seems that the development of the higher
spiritual faculties is facilitated when the animal energies begin to decline; because the power which in
a former state of growth was used to promote the development of the body can then be employed for
the unfoldment of the soul. All this goes to prove that man’s visible body is not the real man, but
that the latter is an invisible power, which may grow even during terrestrial life into a being of great
magnitude, while only the kernel—the physical body—is visible to the imperfect sensuous perceptions of
mortaIs.
This, Ligbt, being the Life and the Truth shining into the hearts of men, is the Christ, or Redeemer
of mankind. It is universal, and. there is no other redeemer; it is known to the wise of all nations,
although they do not all call it by the same name; it existed in the beginning of creation, and will exist
at its end; it is the flesh and blood, the substance and power, of the inner spiritual man, in his highest
divine aspect.
For all we know, the inner man lives in his house—called the physical body—merely during the
time when the latter is in a state of wakefulness and conscious of its external surroundings. When
the external form is asleep, the inner man may be fully awake and live in a higher state, far more.
appropriate to his nature and dignity; but when the physical man awakens again, it may remember
nothing about the experiences of the spiritual self, because the latter is far superior to the former, and
has a memory of its own. These assertions are not a mere matter of speculation, but known to all who
have investigated the dual nature of man; and, moreover, there are certain conditions under which the
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invisible man may manifest his powers and tell us of his experiences during the sleep of the visible
form; and such conditions are met with in cases of trance, somnambulism, and ecstasy.
Universal science teaches that man’s spiritual and invisible self is a being far superior to man’s
visible and personal self, and that the former does not fully enter the latter, but may be looked upon
as its guardian spirit, overshadowing it with his wings. This spiritual self lived before the physical
body was born, and will continue to live when the latter is agaIn dissolved in the elements; it may
have overshadowed many other personalities before it gave light and life to its present external expres-
sion; it may have inhabited many a house of flesh and blood, and taken from each its most precious
jewels to ornament itself..
Such, indeed, is the ancient doctrine of reincarnation. It is taught by the religions of old, and
was known to the Roskrucians of the Middle Ages. It teaches that only the higher self of man is
immortal, and that he who desires to enter the eternal Life must strive to grow out of his lower animal
self, and become able to unite his soul with his own spiritual Ego, or “Christ.” He who succeeds in
accomplishing this during his terrestrial life may even now share the superior life and the attributes of
that higher existence, in which he may alternately become one with the supreme source of all Good, from
which his spirit emanated in the beginning of time.
The Christian teachings, as well as the Brahminical books, whose origin dates from prehistorical
times, all tell the same tale in various allegorical forms. They all say that original man, a pure
spiritual being, emanated in the beginning from the eternal substance of Parabrahm. This celestial
Adam was the Christ or the Word, existing with God and being God itself from all eternity. “In him was
life, and the life was the light of men.” This spiritual Man was an expression of the Will and the
Thought of God, and could therefore have no other thought and no other will but that of his eternal
source. He was bisexual; that is to say, in him existed the male and female elements in a state of
harmony before they became, in consequence of his differentiation in material forms, to a certain extent
separated from each other. Gradually this divine Man was tempted by the illusions of his senses, which
became more misleading as his organization grew to be more material. He began to think and to will
in a manner deviating from the will and imagination of God; he “ate from the tree of knowledge”
—he became material and sank into matter. The original spiritual power, constituting aboriginal Man,
became differentiated into terrestrial men and women, embodied in material forms, subject to the suffer-
ings caused by the influences of the elements and exposed to the vicissitudes of terrestrial life; and it
is now the supreme object of man’s existence upon this earth, by living up to the universal law, to
subject and purify the animal elements existing in his constitution, to assume his former spiritual state
of purity, and by bringing his thoughts and actions in perfect harmony with the will and imagination
of God, to become reunited with the light of the Logos.
This fundamental truth forms the laws of all true reiigion, and all the principaI religious systems
upon this globe are founded upon this final unification with God. The wise men of all ages know of
the birth of Christ, not of a man cal1ed “Christ,” but of the divine Saviour, who. may be born in
every human heart. The Christ is the “Son of God,” a ray of Light from the eternal spiritual sun of
the universe, shining into the hearts of men, and growing up in the midst of the semi-material elements
of man’s organization. Nature produces the Christ. She is an eternal mother, for all forms are evolved
from Nature, and all return again into her womb. Yet she is an ever immaculate virgin; for she has
no connection with any external God; the fructifying power of the “Holy Ghost” lives and acts within
her own centre.
These truths are as old as the world, and they had been known many thousands of years before
the advent of modern Christianity. They have often been impressed upon mankind by great reformers
and sages, and have been again forgotten by man. It is said that at certain periods, when mankind as
a whole begins to forget the old truths, when religions become materialized by a forgetting of the secret
signification of its symbols, and by a blind belief in external forms, taking the acscendancy over the true
spiritual power of Faith, a new Avatar, or “Christ,” appears upon this earth to refresh men’s memory,
and to teach anew the old truths by his word and by his example. For all we know, Jesus of Nazareth
may have been such a reformer, penetrated by the light of the Logos. If the accounts given about him
are true, he was a man filled with the divine spirit of Christ, and therefore a Christ himself, as every
other man may be, if he succeeds in entering the light of the Christ. He was a man penetrated by
divine power, a man in whose soul Divinity took a form, and therefore he was a god; and "likewise every
other man in whom the same power grows into a form may be a god like Christ.
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The duality of man in his material and spiritual aspect is universally recognized; it is a truth
which forces itself continually upon the attention of every one who is able to think. The final union.
of the divine elements existing in the organization of man, with the sum and substance of the divine
elements exjsting in nature, is the truth upon which all reasonable religious teachings are based. All
the principal religious systems take, however, only the two extreme views of man’s existence into con-
sideration; namely, the existence of man in a supreme spiritual state, being one and identical with God,
as a a drop of water is one and identical with the the ocean,—although even in that state the drop, the
individual man is conscious of existence in the whole, and enjoying a happiness of which we can form
no conception: the other extreme is that rof man’s existence upon this earth as a material corporeal
being; that is to say, as ,a spirit, bound to an earth-formed material body which hampers the free move-
ments of the spirit, and whose sensations, desires, and temptations continually tend to drag the real man
still deeper down into animality and materiality.
But between these two extremes there are innumerable other forms of existence, in which man may
lead a conscious life, free from the bonds of gross matter, living in do comparatively ethereal form, tinder
higher and superior conditions than those to which he has been accustomed during his life upon the
earth; in a world where his thoughts assume for him an objective reality, and where he enjoys happi-
ness or suffers evil according to the nature of the spiritual forces which he has set in motion during
his earthly career. As life exists in thousands of manifold forms upon this earth, likewise there may
be thousands of manifold modes of existence in the spiritual state; as the number of suns appearing
on the sky during a cloudless night is so great that, looked at from the standpoint of the Infmite, our
little globe appears like an insignificant speck of dust in the universe of suns and revolving worlds;
likewise the states of existence which man in a higher state may enter must be as numerous as his
states upon this earth, and some of them may be so far superior to our present existence that the latter
may indeed be looked upon as an exile or punishment for our sins; in other words, as the effect of evil
Karma created by ourselves during some previous existence upon this earth. While terrestrial life lasts
at best a hundred years, our life in the spiritual state may last for thousands of years before, by the
law of Karma (the law of cause and effect on the moral plane), we shall again be forced to overshadow
a newborn human being and to submit to a new incarnation.
Man is a dual being in one of his aspects; but in another aspect his nature is triune, while looked
at from other points of view he appears under still more varied aspects. In his triune aspect he appears
not merely as a trinity of Spirit, Soul, and Body, but this trinity exists on three different planes. The
highest plane is the divine state in which man lives in the light of the Logos, and the light of the
Logos in him. The lowest state is his semi-animal existence, in which he may be conscious of the
light merely by feeling its presence in moments of deep meditation. Between these two states man
exists as a spirituaI, but not yet purely divine, power, leading a life as much superior to terrestrial man
as the life of the latter is superior to that of a plant; and yet they have not yet entered or attained the
highest state, in which all consciousness of separation and isolation ceases to exist, and where man
becomes one with God.
The doctrines of the ancient Hermetic philosophers, and more recently the theories presented by
Darwin, go to show how the universal principle of Life acting within primordial Matter continually
evolves new and higher forms, so that, to speak in the language of the Rosicrucians, in the course of
rnillions of ages “a stone becomes a plant, a plant an animal, an animal a man, and a man a god.”
Everywhere, in the mineral, vegetable, and animal kingdom, we sce innumerable gradations, of existence,
without any hard lines of separation between them; or, if such lines are seen, it is because the “missing
links” have been lost. Moreover, there are amphibious beings which are equally adapted to live in the
air and in the water, in the earth and air, or in the earth and the water; and the same may be said
about the Elementals, or Spirits of Nature.
As there are innumerable gradations of visible forms, likewise there are innumerable, gradations of
invisible ones; and there are amphibious existences in the realm of the Universal Soul which may exist
in two different states,—which may appear sometimes in visible forms, while at other times thay are
invisible to us. There are beings on the Astral Plane which are only seen by those who have devel-
oped their inner senses to an extent sufficient to enable them to perceive such forms; but certain con-
ditions may exist which may cause such ethereal forms to become more dense and material, so as to
become perceptible even to the physical senses of man. The soul of man is such an amphibious being.
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His corporea1, external form is visible, his spirit is invisible to the eye; but the soul which connects
spirit and body, may live in or out of the body; and while as a rule it is invisible to us, still its
ethereal shape may, under certain conditions, become dense enough to be visible, and even tangible, to
mortals.
To fully grasp this idea, it will be necessary that we should rise above the opinions and prejudices
which a reliance upon the impressions produced by the illusions of the senses have created within the
sphere of our mind. We should keep sight of the fact that the whole of the universe, with all its
forms, is nothing else but materialized and visible thought; that is to say, images which existed sub-
jectively within the imagination of the Great First Cause, and have been thrown into objectivity by its
own will. If our organization were sufficiently ethereal, we should, perhaps, not be aware of the exist-
ence of gross matter; but we would see the souls of men, animals, plants, and minerals, and we should
be able to see a thought as soon as it had become formed in the mind of a human being.
The majority of people whose minds have not become perverted by the insane doctrines of a false
and superficial science, or by the superstitious doctrines presented by modern priestcraft under the guise
of religion, believe that the above-described spiritual condition of man is one into which they will enter
after the hand of death has dissolved the bonds which chain the spirit to its earthly tabernacle; but
occult science proves that such condition may be arrived at even during terrestrial life. Moreover, if
we desire to continue to exist in a high spiritual state after the death of the physical body, we should
attempt to enter that state even during our terrestrial life; for “death” is merely a throwing off of that
which has become useless: it can work no miracles, nor endow us with any attributes which we have not
legitimately attained by our own evolution while in the physical state.
The true Brothers of the Golden and Rosy Cross were men who had attained that state. Their
existence is as well proved as any other fact in history; but their true nature can be known only to
him who has become like them. Such persons have existed at various times, and they exist now; we
may read of such persons in the sacred books of the East, in the lives of the Christian saints and in
mediæval and modern occult literature. Being spiritual themselves, those Adepts are able to see and to
converse with other spiritual beings, being as much acquainted with the world of invisible causes as with
the world of external effects: they are able to guide and contra1 the processes of life by which matter is
cbanged and transformed; having gained spiritual life, they have found the Universal Panacea which
cures an ills _appertaining to a lower state of existence—standing upon the rock of the true living Faith
—meaning the direct spiritual perception and knowledge of causes and effects—they have come into the
possession of the Philosopher’s Stone, which lifts them above the region of doubt, and establishes within
their own hearts the Cube of Life, the corner-stone of the temple of Wisdom.
What is to hinder a man who has acquired the consciousness and knowledge of being a spiritual
power, independent of a material organization, to leave his house of flesh and blood at will whenever
he chooses, and to re-enter it again whenever it is necessary to do so? Consciousness is realization of
a state of existence, and man cannot become conscious of being that which he is not; he must first
become spiritual before he can know that he is a spiritual being: to imagine to be something which
one is not would merely be an idle assumption. If man has once become spiritual, he will perceive the
existence of other spiritua1 beings like himself, and of those which are inferior to him. He will then
be comparable to an amphibious being,—able to live upon the earth, or to dive into the etemal ocean
of Spirit.
Such beings are still men, and it must not be supposed that even in their spiritual state they have
neither form nor organization, or that they were, like a breath of air, without form and consciousness.
No thought is possible without an organized mind, no function can be exercised without organs of some
kind; form is an external expression of internal attributes, and wherever exists a character, there exists
a form in which it finds its expression. The superior character of spiritual beings finds its, expression
in divine and ethereal forms: Will, Imagination, and Expression in Form are the trinity which forms
the basis of all existence in the visible and invisible universe.
Such beings, while in their spiritual state, are independent of the conditions of space and time as we
conceive of them; “matter” to them is not impenetrable: they can see into the hearts of men and
read their innermost thoughts; in their human state they are like other men, and subject to human
conditions. Thus they lead two different kinds of existence,—as men upon the earth and as angels in
heaven; and when deatb destroys their physical bodies, it will be a matter of little importance to them,
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for it will merely destroy that which they do not need, and which they have learned to do without and
to care no more for than a man would care for his warm winter-coat when the summer appears. This
divine state may, perhaps, be attained by all after untold ages, and in the slow progress of human
evolution; but to enter it now requires efforts, and all efforts to be effective. must be well directed and
based upon a true knowledge of the nature, the origint and final destiny of man. Theory without prac-
tice avails little; but to make practice available, it should be preceded by a correct theory, the true
religiont the science of Universal Life.
How can we expect that a man grown up in the midst of scientific misrepresentations and erroneous
theological dogmas, fed with prejudices and superstitions, should be able to comprehend and realize such
exalted truths? True religion and vile priestcraft are so inextricably mixed up together, at present, that
it is almost impossible for average man to distinguish between the two. If the truths of Christianity
are taught, those who cannot discriminate between the true and the false will accept at once the super-
stitions which clerical ignorance and assumption have mixed with the former, or they will reject the true
with the false. If the idolatry and superstitions of modem churchmen are exposed, those who cannot
think deeply will reject all religion, and instead of seeing the truth, they will sink still deeper into the
mire of materialism. Animals cannot be reasoned with; they can only be ruled by love or by fear; but
the great majority of men .are still too much surrounded oy their own animal elements to be able to see
the truth even if it is shown to them; and until they become amenable to reason, the existence of
priestcraft wil; be a necessary evil to them. But when will priests and clergymen awaken to a compre-
hension of the mysteries of the religion which they teach, and begin to show the people the truth,
instead of cIamoring for a belief in fables and of a literal acceptance of allegories? They will not arrive
at that state until they, too, succeed in vanquishing the selfish propensities of their own animal natures,
and rise up to the conception of. the true and universal God, whose temple is man, and who needs no
deputies or representatives upon the earth to make his will known to each individual man. They will
not know the truth until they become true servants of the God of Humanity, instead of being merely
servants of their churches, whose energies are employed to serve the temporal benefits of the latter.
The theory of modem Christianity is not in harmony with its practice: in our modern churches
theory and practice contradict each other at every step. The true spiritual church of the living Christ
is built upon the rock of the living Faith, a power by which spiritual truths are recognized; but the
modern church is based upon popular ignorance regarding the laws of existence, and held togetber by
selfish and personal considerations. According to the Bible, God is a universal Spirit, and can be
approached only through the Light of the Christ; but modern church-practice makes of God the cari-
cature of a man, and of the priest an unavoidable medium for communication with him. To the mind
of the vulgar, a faith in God is something which is far beyond the powers of their comprehension, while
a belief in the priest is of supreme importance; for the former is ever unapproachable, while the latter
can be approached. Such misconceptions are suffered to continue, because they advance the temporal
interests of the church. God is dethroned from his seat and his place is occupied by the priest; and
thus the “Beasf of Babylon” will sit upon the throne until the strong arm of awakened reason will
throw it down and divine justice send it down to the “bottomless pit.”
When man ceases to be a child and begins to think, the truth that to live cannot be the true
object of life forces itself upon his mind. He asks the great question: “Who am I; and what is the
object of my existence?” and he expects his parents or teachers to answer. To give the correct answer
to these questions should pe the principal object of religious or scientific education. How do modern
science and religion answer bim? The former teaches him all about his external form, its anatomy,
physiology, and of his relations to his external surroundings; but this is not all the knowledge he
wants. He knows that the external body will die, and to know the conditiops. of its short existence is
merely a small and comparatively insignificant part of that great science which deals with tbe inner
spiritual man, who may live for millions of years, or be forever immortal. Man wants to know some-
thing definite about his own spiritual self, and about the conditions under which that self may exist
independent of its physical form. Science remains mute, or treats his questions with derision and con-
ternpt. He therefore turns to religion, and religion answers—but what is her answer?
Some two hundred and fifty Christian sects—with perhaps a greater number of not-Christian ones
—tell him tbe most contradictory things, nearly all of their statements being opposed to each other.
They give no positive proofs for their statements, nor any intelligible reasons for their beliefs; but each
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sect claims to possess the truth, and some of them go so far as to condemn to eternal punishment
cvery one who does not accept their opinions. Their beliefs usually refer to some historical event, said
to have taken place many centuries ago, and about which no reliable historical documents exist; or they
refer to the interpretation of certain passages in some books, which may be interpreted in various ways.
Thus the seeker after the truth who expects to obtain it by means of external information, is driven
from one port to another, like a ship without a rudder blown about by contrary winds. There are many
who at last stifle the voice of reason which speaks in their heart, accept some form of belief, and per-
suade themselves that thereby they will attain the salvation they coveted; many others, in whom the
intellectual element is more dominant. conclude that the truth cannot be found, and must remain forever
unknown. They cease to inquire, or they adopt the superstitions of superficial materialistic reasoners,
and of those mariy henceforth cease to care for anything but for their own personal self and its tem-
poral acquisitions.
But the true searcher after the truth will not remain satisfied so long as the unknown exists.
Having examined the various altars and not found the true God, he at last approaches the altar of the
unknown God, around which nothing but darkness exists. But in the centre of his own heart there
burns a divine fire; and lighting the lamp of his intellect at this divine fire of Reason, he begins to
see the truth, and finds it far more sublime than he ever dared to hope. Not in books or in religious
doctrines of any kind can the truth be found, nor in intellectual speculations. If we desire to know the
truth, we must permit it to enter our heart, so that it may become a part of ourselves. Then by the
power of self-knowledge we may see the truth in its own light; we may feel it and see it and know
what it is.
If we leam only one religious system and blindly accept its doctrines, we are easily misled into
a belief that this system alone contains all the truth; but if by the light of reason we examine the
various religious systems of the world, study their symbols and allegories and their secret meaning,
comparing the various doctrines with each other, we will soon find that they all have one grand
fundamental truth, of whose existence the greater number of the keepers of these religions are ignorant,
or whose sublimity, even if they teach it, they do not realize: namely. the One-ness of Nature and
the divine eternal Spirit within.
Oh, how far greater than the god of the churches is the God of the Universe! He is not a
limited being to be coaxed and persuaded by priests, but an eternal power, unchangeable as the Law.
The god of the churches is a bugbear whom the people cannot really love, because they are taught
to be afraid of him; the God of humanity is the eternal power of Love, the source of all being, whose
image exists in the heart of the pure, whose nature is Fire, whose rays are the Light of Intelligence
and the principle of immortal Life. There are thousands of nominal Christians living a life of sensuous-
ness and selfishness, hoping to be able to cheat the god of their church at the end of their days and
to obtain salvation from him in spite of their sins; but the universal God creates within the heart of
each man his own judge, who cannot be persuaded by words. but who reads the innermost thoughts
and judges each man according to his true merits.
Universal religion is based upon the recognition of the truth that all humanity is one and that we
should always be guided in our actions by our considerations for the welfare of all, in preference to all
personal considerations. Sectarianism, on the other hand, appeals to men’s selfish desires, either in
regard to this life or in regard to the dread hereafter. It teaches them tha.t they should seek above all
salvation for their own selves; the salvation of others is a matter of secondary consideration. The real,
sectarian bigot would be ready to annihilate the world, if he could thereby evade the death of his
person or prolong the existence of the latter. Likewise the scientific bigot would be glad to
destroy the truth, if he could thereby save from perdition the artificial system of theories which he has
laboriously constructed. Modern science and modern religion teach that personal happiness, either in
this or a Juture existence, is the great desideratum; occult science teaches that Humanity is a whole,
that the personal man is merely a transient illusion, and that permanent happiness cannot be obtained
until that illusion of seIf is destroyed.
The truth of the latter doctrine is self-evident, as may he seen, if we observe the daily life of man.
The more a man is thinking of his own self, the more unhappy and discontented will he grow; the
more he forgets his own self, the happier will he be. Why do the people run after pleasures and
pastimes, why do they love intoxicating drinks, music and shows, theatrical performances and sensuous
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distractions of all kinds, if not because during such moments they are able to forget their own selves?
Men do not become unconscious or die as soon as they cease to think of their own selves; but their
souls expand on such occasjons beyond the limits of the prison-house of material day, and they enjoy
for a short period a superior form of existence. Sensuous pleasures, however, convey no permanent
happiness; they are not lasting, and are often followed by reactions which are injurious and become the
causes of suffering.
Sensuous man lives in the impressions which external objects produce upon his senses; intellectual
man lives in a world of thought of which his brain is the creator and which is real to him; spiritual
man lives in a spiritual world of beauty which the divinity in his heart has created for him and which
is the image of heaven. The animal is happy if its physical wants are supplied; for it knows no other
but the sensuous world; and if everything in that world relating to the animal is in harmony, then that
world is in harmony with itself. In merely intellectual man, filled with an erroneous conception of the
importance of his own personality, the world of thought which he has created for himself is not in harmony
with the outer world. Such a person has continually something to .desire; he sees things, not as they are,
but as he imagines them to be. In spiritual man the world of thought and the world of will are in
exact harmony; he recognizes the truth and sees the things as they are, without personal consideration.
Looking at the world, not from a personal standpoint and without considering himself as something
separated and isolated from other beings, he recognizes the action of universal laws by the power of
his enlarged perception.
Here we may be permitted to add a few words of explanation for those who are not sufficiently
acquainted with the doctrines of occult science to understand what we mean. Life, Consciousness, and
Sensation are not—as a superficial “science” is prone to believe—products of the physical organization
of man; but they are states or functions of that universal principle which men call “God,” and which
become manifest in the forms of terrestrial beings. All the forms ol Life in the Universe may be looked
upon as peing manifestations of the One and Universal Principle of Life in various forms; the whole of
the Cosmos, being a product of the Universal Mind, may be regarded as universal, absolute consciousness
becoming relative in separate forms. The universal consciousness of the Universal Mind forms spiritual
centres of consciousness in living beings, whereby each being may feel and know its surroundings;
and as the kind of living beings expands, their consciousness and power of sensation and perception
expand with it; for all their powers belong to the mind. and not to tbe body: the latter without the
mind is merely a form without life. Wherever a man’s consciousness exists, there exists the real man.
As long as man’s consciousness is centred within the animal principles of his organization, he will
merely be conscious of being an animal, and he will live in the sphere of his sensual emotions. If a
man’s consciousness is entirely centred in his brain, he will live in a world of speculation and ideas;
if a man’s consciousness becomes established within the divine elements of his soul, it will expand with
his soul and lift him up into the higher regions of thought, where he becomes unconscious of being in
a state of limitation and lives in a higher condition of existence, incomprehensible to those who have
never experienced it. Such a state of existence, without consciousness of one’s own personality, is
described by the apostle Paul, who was “caught up” into such a state, and the same condition is known
to the Indian saints, who give it the name Samadhi.
In the final renunciation of one’s own personal Self consists the victory over death and the resur-
rection of the spirit; it is the mystic death, represented by the Christian Cross, a symbol known thousands
of years before the advent of modern Christianity upon this earth. The symbol of the Cross is seen
everywhere in Christian countries, upon the spires of the churches, in chapels and dwellings, and by the
roadside; but to the great majority of priests and .laymen it is nothing else but a memento, to call up
the memory of an event said to have taken place nearly 2000 years ago in Palestine, on which occasion
a perfect and divine man was executed like a criminal, falling a victim to the ignorance of the clergy
and the vanity of the Pharisees of his time. A belief in the actuality of this occurrence, by which God
is said to have become reconciled to man, is held among the Christians to be of supreme importance
for one’s future salvation; although no intelligible reason is given to show that God was ever angry
with Man and that any such reconciliation was necessary; nor is it explained why a certain opinion in
regard to an event of which we cannot possibly know by experience, should be necessary. to attain the
eternal life of the spirit. Those, however, whose eyes are not blinded by dogmas and who have com-
pared the allegories of the Christian religion with the allegories of the Eastern religions know that—
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whether the historical account of the crucifixion of Christ has actually taken place as recorded, or whether
it is purely symbolical, the symbol of the Cross has a far deeper and far more sublime secret signifi-
cation. It represents an episode in the history of every one who has become a Christ; it is the symbol
of spiritual regeneration, through which all have to pass who desire to enter into the divine state of
existence. In the mind of the superficial thinker the Cross is a token of torture and death; in the
conception of the enlightened it is a symbol of victory over self, of triumph, and the beginning of
immortal life. Rivers of blood have been caused to flow and millions of human beings have been mur-
dered in the attempts made by professed “Christians” to force all the nations of the world to adopt or
profess a certain opinion—such as was authorized by the Roman Catholic Church—in regard to a cer-
tain historical event concerning the life and death of a man who taught that the fundamental doctrine
of his religion was universal love and benevolence! To those murderers “in the name of Christ” the
Cross was a symbol of pillage, destruction, and robbery, and there was no crime too villanous not to be
permissible if perpetrated under the banner of the Cross. The Cross of religious bigotry ruled at the
autos da fé of the church and sanctioned the burning of living victims; it filled the dungeons of the
Holy Inquisition and inspired the villanies committed in the chambers of torture.
The Christ who lives in humanity shudders, if he thinks of all the horrible crimes which bave been
perpetrated in his name by those who misunderstood his true nature. Could such things have been
possible if the “believers in Christ” had understood the true signification of the Cross, instead of
merely clinging to the external form? Could sectarian intolerance exist to-day, if the real meaning of
the Cross were understood by the priests? Could the Christ-spirit of the nineteenth century, the spirit
of truth, have been insulted by the dogmas of Immaculate Conception and Papal Infallibility, if the self-
styled deputies of Christ knew their own Master? All the religious bigotry, intolerance, superstition,
and degradation in Christian countries finds its root and cause in a misunderstanding of the doctrines
which they profess to believe. Our legally appointed guardians of the truth, like the Pharisees of old,
do not know the truth; they talk about it, but their practice does not harmonize with their theories.
The truth is so beautiful that he who has succeeded in knowing it wiII practise it and cling to it
forever.
Let him who desires to feel and to know the true meaning of the Cross step out of the gloomy
temples where terror and fear, ignorance and priestcraft, have established their throne, and let him wor-
ship the true living God, the light and Holy Ghost pervading all nature, the source of all life from
man down to the insect, yea, even to the spark of life slumbering in a stone; the source of all glory
and power, knowledge and wisdom, love and harmony; whose activity is manifest everywhere, and whose
image should be seen in every human heart. Let him leave priests and monks to their psalmodies and
to the contemplation of a dread hereafter, which they have often just cause to fear, and let him enter
the Living Light which makes even the external material world resplendent with beauty. Let him step
out of the musty libraries of our speculative and superficial science and study the book of nature in
the light of the latter. Let him brush away the cobwebs which have accumulated in his own chamber;
so that the light of truth may enter the windows of his soul and melt the icy crust around his
heart and cause him to realize the sublimity and majesty of the God of both Christians and Heathens,
the God of the Universet whom no one can approach. but whose nature may be known in the manifes-
tation of his power which evolved the Cosmos.
Who can know a thing which he has never seen? Who is legitimately entitled to speak as an
authority aoout things which are beyond his own comprehension? Who can be the legitjrnate keeper
of truths which are beyond his mental horizon and of whkh he knows nothing? Only he who has
grown to be divine—not he who has merely assumed that title—can know divine things; only he who
has stepped out of the bonds of matter and become spiritual can know the things of the spirit. Only
he whose internal senses are open is able to see and converse with the beings of the superterrestrial
plane. Men talk and dogmatize about the attributes of God, as if they were well acquainted with him;
they sermonize about Love and Charity, Faith and Wisdomt without understanding practically the mean-
ing of thesse terms. Who can know what Love is but he who has loved? Who can know Wisdom
but he who is wise? Who can know the Truth but he in whom the Truth dwelleth? Who can
know God, but he who has identified his own soul with him?
Man is originally a son of God. If he wants to know the Father, he must retnrn to his original
divine state and become a Christ, full of the Holy Ghost, the Light of the Logos. He is a child of
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eternally immaculate Nature; if he wants to know his mother, he must enter into perfect harmony with
her and become natural. How can man know Nature as she is so long as he is himself unnatural and
imagines her to be otherwise than she is? How can he understand Nature so long as he does not let
her light enter his heart, but looks merely at his own unnatural misconceptioos regarding her and which
he has himself created in his mind? Before man can develop any spiritual powers he must first re-establish
harmonious relations between himself and universal Nature; only when he has become natural can he
expect to grow spiritual and to be able to obtain command over the divine powers of his mother.
True natural science is therefore the basis of all true religion; but to obtain a true knowledge of Nature
we must study her as she is, not as she has been represented by those who are continually misrepre-
senting her, and who know nothing about her except some of her external forms.
To know Nature as she is, and not as she is supposed to be by others, we must free our mind of all
the prejudices and misconceptions which have become established therein by a merely superficial science
and by a dogmatic theology based upon an entire misconception of the true nature of man. We must
free our mind from the noxious influences arising from the animal element; existing within our own
soul, so that our understanding will become clear and the light of truth may shine through the pure
atmosphere of our own internal heaven without any clouds obstructing its way. We must become One
with Nature and One with the Truth, and by the knowledge of Self we will then know the Truth and
have the powers or Nature at our command.
It is one of the fundamental truths of occult science that individual man is an image of Nature.
His constitution is based upon the same laws upon which Nature as a whole is constructed, and as, a
child resembles its mother; likewise man’s organism resembles universal nature in everything but the
external form. He is a Microcosm of the Macrocosm of nature; containing within himself, either ger-
minally, potentially, or actively, all the powers and principles, substances and forces contained within the
great organism of nature, and moreover the great and the little world continually act and react upon
each other; the elementary forces of nature act upon man, and the forces emanating from man—even
his thoughts—react again upon nature; and the more harmony there exists between man and the laws
of universal nature, the more intimate will be the connection between the two: for the two are actually
only one, the fact of their appearing to be two being merely an illusion which has been caused by man’s
contravention of the laws of Nature, and by his consequent falling into an unnatural state. Let man
again become a true child of Nature, and of one mind with his mother, and he will know all nature by
knowing himself. He will then be like the lost son mentioned in the Bible, who returns again to the
house of his father and has his natural birthright and inheritance restored to him. Let him establish the
throne whereon the truth may reside within his own beart, and he will know the truth without the study
of books and without theoretical speculation.
In the Secret Symbols of fhe Rosicrucrians the science of Nature as a whole, with an the invisible
powers living and acting therein, have been laid down, as it appeared to. those great and wise men who
were in harmony with Nature and able to read her in her own light. Those symbols are easily com-
prehended by him who finds the key to their understanding within his own heart; but to all others
they will be unintelligible. because they will see merely their external forms and cannot enter their spirit.
As the body of a man is a thing without life, after the life-principle which acted therein has deserted
it, likewise these symbols of old are things without life unless they become again alive within our own
selves. Modern misconceptions and misinterpretations have built a wall around the Temple of Truth,
through which we must break before we can enter the latter; but if an opening has once been made in
the wall through which the light may shine, then those symbols will serve us as guides and help us
to understand the truths which we feel and see withjn our own selves; and without such an interior
perception true understanding is impossible, and we must remain in the field of mere theory and
speculation.
Our present age is eminently given to intelIectuaI and theoretical spcculation; while even the mean-
ing of the term “Wisdom,” i.e. that knowledge which one can only find at the bottom of one’s own
heart, has been lost. In our age things arc done in haste and in hurry, and they are done in a vcry
superficial manner if religious truths are concerned. We now travel at the rate of sixty miles an hour
to a distance which it took our ancestors weeks or months to reach; but while our forefathers learned
to know the country through which they travelled, in all its details, its mountains and valleys, forests
and lakes, with us the scenery seems to fly past our vision as we rush ahead with the giant power of
14 THE SECRET SYMBOLS OF THE ROSICRUCIANS.

steam, and we remember finally hardly more than a few prominent points of what we have seen, or
perhaps only a few insignificant details which happened to attract our attention. Likewise, our present
civilization reads as it runs. and forgets while it is running; a few unimportant details sometimes attract
our attention, but the sublimity of the truth is not grasped because we have not yet grown mentally big
enough to grasp the whole. Superficial observations are impressed upon our memory and fade again
away; only that which reaches the heart, the seat of life, can obtain life. Only that which is known
by the heart constitutes true knowledge.
We are taught by a superficial science to look upon nature as a compendium of dead things in which,
in some incomprehensible manner, life is produced by means of mechanical motion, the origin of the
latter being equally incomprehensible. Thus material science teaches that something can be produced
out of nothing; i.e. that a power can be produced out of a thing in which it does not exist. Judging
from her very inadequate and superficial standpoint of observation, she teaches that Life is a product of
organization, and of the cause of organization she can give no explanation whatever. She believes to
know all about “Matter” and yet she knows absolutely nothing about it, except its outward mani-
festation.
We are taught by occult and universal science to look upon the universe as a manifestation of
thought, consequently of Consciousness and Life. We are taught by Wisdom, that God and Life, Truth
and Power, are One, manifesting itself in various forms according to the capacity of the latter, and that
man—even the most learned—is himself nothing more than an instrument through which the good or
evil powers existing in nature may find their expression.
What becomes of all our scientific and theological self-conceit, o{ our boasted power and knowledge,
if we once fully realize the fact that man is nothing, knows nothing, and has no power of his own, but
that all he imagines to have belongs to the universal God, and that he is merely an instrument in
which the truth may find its expression or in which it may be misrepresented? No man has a life of
his own. The life whjch he cans his own is merely lent to him puring his short appearance upon this
earth and must be returned to Nature. It is drawn from the universal storehouse of Life and taken
away from him when he disappears from the stage. How little and insignificant is personal man upon
this globe, and how great and sublime the majesty of the divine power which manifests itself in Nature,
and which may produce its highest manifestation of wisdom and power in Man, if the latter becomes a
fit instrument for such manifestations! How small, absurd, and ridiculous appear the disputations of our
learned doctors of divinity and philosophy, with all their petty dogmatism and theories, if compared with
the supreme Wisdom which the divine element in man may experience if it once becomes self-conscious
of its own divinity in the organism of Man! There is only one Truth, and no one can know it except
he in whom the truth lives and who thus becomes an instrument or mirror in which the truth recog-
nizes itself. There is only one true Knowledge and only one Knower, and he who desires to obtain
true knowledge must become one with the supreme Knower of all. He will then be a magic instru-
ment by means of which the God within knows his own self. The science which deals with the illu-
sions of life is itself illusive, and it is of no value except so long as life’s illusions last. It is accessible
to the evil disposed as well as to the good, and often those who are the most evil at heart are the
most learned and cunning; but the understanding of the fundamental laws of nature, the science of
eternal life, is only attainable by a union with the Supreme. The illusions of life may be seen in the
light of external nature; but eternal verities can only be seen when the Light of the Logos illuminates
the mind.
To know the things which belong to the higher regions of thought, we must be able to rise our-
selves to those regions; and as there are few who have the power to do so, the consequence is, that as
soon as we begin to speak of such things, misunderstandings arise. Nearly all the theologjcal and philo-
sophical quarrels and disputes among men arise from a misunderstanding of the meaning of terms.
So long as men speak of things which can be perceived by the external senses, and which therefore
come withir everybody’s experience, human language is sufficient to enable men to convey their ideas
to each other; but when they attempt to build the tower of their ideas into the higher regions of
thought, and to speak of things which are beyond the grasp of their intellectual comprehension and
beyond their experience, then the Babylonian confusion begins, because each man forms a conception of
his own regarding such things differing from the conception of others; and while all use the same
words yet every one interprets its meaning in a different way. Thus it oftens happens that two persons
INTRODUCTION. 15
who are of the same opinion) nevertheless dispute with each othert merely because they differ in their
application of terms. Each one denounces the conception of the other as wrong, merely because he
himself has formed a wrong conception of what the other believes. It appears therefore, above all,
necessary that if we speak of occult or transcendental matters1 we should exact1y define the meanings
of the terms which we desire to use, and we have therefore attempted to give such definitions at the
end of this chapter, well knowing that such an attempt will be incomplete, as no amount of 1ogical
reasoning can supply the place of the divine power of Intuition.
The cultivation of the spiritual power of Intuition is the foremost requiremcnt for the attainment
of spiritual knowledge. Intuition is Reason pure and unadulterated by any selfish considerations or
speculations. It is the power of the Holy Ghost, the Light of Truth, which shines in the hearts of
men. It is a power which is felt in the heart, and if it is cultivated and becomes deve1oped, it grows
into a sun which illuminates the whole of the interior man. It has nothing to do with intellectual
speculation and logical deduction, which in our modem times are mistaken for Reason; for the Intellect
is merely a reflection of the light of Reason; it is like the Moon which receives her light from the
Sun, and which would become dark if the light of the sun were to cease to shine. Man’s theories and
speculations are his own inventions, but intuition is not invented by man, nor can a man by his own
power make himself more intuitional than he is; it is a light from the divine Sun of Grace which
descends upon .the earth as the rain descends from the clouds.
A bird cannot fiy higher than its wings will carry it; a vessel cannot hold more than what it is
capab1e of holding; a man cannot see more than what his organism and means will enable him to see.
We have no right to blame the representatives of modern Christianity for not being able to see the
true significance of their own symbols, but we advise them not wilfully to shut their eyes to the light
of truth when the truth seeks to enter their hearts. We advise them to pay more attention to their
own eternal welfare than to the temporal interests of their churches, and to practise the truth which
they profess to teach..
The symbols of the ancient Hermetic philosophers have been adopted by the modern Christian
church. Many of these symbols have existed from immemorial times, although perhaps the names
employed to signify the character of the principles which they represent have been changed many times.
The Roman CathoIic churches are filled with symbols which were known to the ancient Egyptians, to
the still older Brahmins, and perhaps to the inhabitants of the ancient Atlantis, whose history fades
away in the night of the forgotten past. Priests and laymen bow reverentially before those signs;
because they are taught to do so and because they consider them as historical mementos of the death
of Jesus of Nazareth.
The modern skeptic treats those signs with contempt. How could he reasonably do otherwise? for
the conceptions which he has formed about them in his own mind are absurd and childish. and more-
over they remind him of the days of “religious” persecution and into1erance. Little does the Christian
or the skeptic know about the true significance of these symbols; for their real meaning has never been
taught them. We do not know of a single book issued by any modern Christian authority giving their
true explanation. Their secret meaning was known to the ancient Initiates into the Mysteries; but the
modern keepers of these symbols have lost the key to their understanding and know little more about
them than their external forms.
Little indeed would be the value of these figures, if they had no other meaning but that which is
represented upon their surface. Little indeed would be the value of the Bible, if its stories referred to
nothing else but to events said to have taken place in the history of the Jews. Even if such events
had actually taken place as described, they couId be of little interest to us, because that history belongs
to the past, and the persons concerned in it are gone from the stage of the world. But if we look
with the eye of the spirit within the unseen world and learn to observe the processes going on within
the realm of the soul of the Universe, whose true image and representation exists within our own
selves, we soon learn that the fables and allegories represented by such tales and symbols are of a deep
significance and their knowledge of supreme importance to us; and moreover it seems that. many of
these stories have been made purposely so absurd that no reasonable person should be tempted to
accept them in their literal sense.
As the images of the gods of the Greeks and Romans were not intended to represent persons, but
consisted merely of figurative personifications of universal powers of nature; likewise the persons spoken
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of in the Bible are personifications of the same powers or principles, which still exist to-day as they
existed before the Bible was written. We meet them again in the sacred book of the East, in the
Mahabharata and Bhagavat-Gita, in the songs of Homer, and in other inspired books. They are mytho-
logical allegories, but they are therefore not less true; because, if properly understood, they represent
livirig truths.
The surest sign of the decay of a religion is when the secret meaning of its symbols becomes
entirely lost. It is a sign that the spirit which gave life to that religion has fled, that opinion has taken the
place of Faith, and belief the place of Knowledge. The external form of such a system may exist
for a while, but finally the dead form will dissolve in spite of an efforts to prevent its decay.
The universal belief in the external significance of the symbols of the ancient Egyptians, Romans,
and Greeks bas been a precursor of the decay of those religions; the continued disregard of the true
meaning of the symbols of the Christian churches will surely lead to the decay and dissolution of the
latter. This decay is so universally visible and publicly complained of and acknowledged by the pro-
fessors of the Christian religion, that it would be a waste of words to attempt to prove that which no
one denies.
What greater service could therefore be rendered true religion than to restore their true meaning
to the sacred symbols of the past, and to induce those who desire the truth to study the signs by which
the fundamental laws of physical and spiritual evolution have been represented far better than could
possibly be done by a. verbal description? Words are misleading; they are useless to him who has no
intuition; but to him who possesses the power of thought, a point, a line, a triangle, or a circle is very
suggestive, and may be sufficient to indicate to him the way to arrive at the truth.
Will the publication of the Secret Symbols of the Rosicrucians help to restore tbe crutches to a
decrepid church, or will those who are blind reject the truth, if it does not come to them under the
seal of some man-made authority? Will this book serve to infuse life into a corpse, or will the corpse
be permitted to putrefy and a new child be born? Will the new wine be poured into new bottles
instead of being filled into old casks whose staves are crumbling to pieces? Will priestcraft grow again
into power upon this earth; or is the time approaching when every man will be a king and a priest n his
own realm, a conqueror over self, free from sectarian and scientific prejudices, worshipping no other god
but the Truth, and professing no other creed but the love of divine Reason and the Unity of the All?
VOCABULARY OF OCCULT TERMS.
WRITTEN FOR THE PURPOSE OF MITIGATING THE CONFUSION CREATED BY THE BUILDING OF THE
TOWER OF BABYLON.

“Omnia ab Uno” is one of the mottoes of the Rosicru- THE TERRESTRIAL ADAM.—Adam after his “fall”; i.e.
cians. It expresses the idea that the All has been the original man having become the distorted image of
evolved from One; or, in other words, that God is one God by having lost his original purity in consequence
and indivisible, and that the multifarious activities of of disobedience to the law and desertion of the straight
life which we see in the universe are merely various line of the universal divine will. This disobedience
forms of manifestations of God; or, to express it more is illustrated by the allegory of the “eating of the apple
correctly, of the creative Power, the Light and sunbstance in paradise” the “snake” which tempted Adam and Eve
of Life which emanated from the eternal cause of all ex- is the illusion of self, causing man to imagine to be some-
istence in the beginning of our day of creation, and which thing different from the umversal God, and thus creating
has been called the Logos, the Verbum or Word, the Christ. within him personal desires.
As the Universal One manifested itself, it assumed various Gen. ii. 17.— Gen. iii. 7.—Gen iii. 10.—Rom. i. 27.—Gm. iii. 16-19.-
aspects, and it therefore appears as a great variety of powers Luke iv. 6.—John iv. 32.
and as innumerable forms of various substances although A`DONAI.—God in his. aspect as the Summum Bonum
all powers and substances are essentially and fundamentally in nature; i.e. the Light of the Logos having become mani-
one. The various terms used in occult science are con- fested in nature.
sequently not intended. to describe powers and principles AER.—Air, Pneuma, Soul, a universal and invisible
radically different from each other. but merely the various principle. See Elements.
aspects of the one universal principle; and as the aspect of A`LCHEMY.—The science of guiding the invisible pro-
things changes according to the point of view from which cesses of Life for the purpose of attaining certain results
they are considered, consequently a name applied to a power, on the material, astral or spiritual plane. Alchemy is not
if considered from one point of view. may not be applicable only a science, but an art, for the power to exercise it must
if the same principle is considered from another point of be acquired; a man must first come into possession of
view. Likewise the four sides of a pyramid originate in certain powers before he can be taught how to employ
one point and end in one, each side appearing to have a them; he must know what “Life” is, and learn to control
distinct individuality of its own. The higher we rise towards the life-processes within his own organism before he can
the summit, the more does this differentiation disappear, and guide and control such processes in other organisms. Chem-
the more does the Unity of all things and their identity with istry is not Alchemy. The former deals with so-called dead
each other become apparent, until all difference is again substances. the latter with the principle of life. The com-
absolved in the ultimate One. He who knows the One position or decomposition of a chemical substance is a chemi-
knows All; he who believes to know many things knows cal process; the growth of a tree or an animal an alchemical
nothing. The One is the starting-point for all occult process. The highest Alchemy is the evolution of a divine
science. and immortal being out of a mortal semi-animal man.
A & W (ALPHA AND OMEGA).—The Beginning and End The Song of Solomon describes alchemical processes.
of all things; i.e. the beginning and end of all manifes- A`NGELS.—Conscious spiritual powers acting within the
tation of activity and life in the Cosmos; the Logos or realm of the Soul, i.e. certain individualized spiritual states
Christ. See Logos. of the universal consciousness.
Compare. Rom. ix. 5.—1 Tim. iii. 16.—1 John v. 26.—John viii. 58.—- 2 Sam. xiv., xvii., xx.—Ps. cxciii. 20.—Matt. xv. 31.—Luke xx. 36.—
John v. 26.—John xiv. 6.—John x. 9—John xiv. 1.—John x. 30, 38. John vi. Ps. xxxiv. 7.
40, etc:.
A`NIMA.—See Soul.
A`DAM.—Primal man in his aspect as a spiritual power,
ANIMATIO.—Animation. (Alch.) The act of infusing life
containing the male and female elements. The spiritual
into a thing or of causing its own latent life-principle to be-
principle, constituting humanity, before it became differen- come active. See Life.
tiated in matter and assumed gross material forms.
Gen. i. 26.—Ephes. iv. 9.
ANTIMONY.—(Alch.) A symbol representing the element
of the Earth in its gross material aspect; primordial matter,
THE CELESTIAL ADAM.—The divine man-forming power also represented as the insatiable Wulf, the destroyer of
in its original state of purity as an image of the Creator. forms.
Gen i. 27.—Rom. v. 14. AQUA.—(Alch.) Water. See Elements.
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AQUILA.—(Alch.) Eagle, the emblem of Jupiter; the sym- character of things and their forms in regard to weight,
bol of the Spiritual Soul. number, and measure. It is the knowledge of tbe laws of
A`RCANUM.—(Alch.) Secret. A mystery which is not harmony which exist in the universe..
within everybody's grasp i a. certain knowledge which re- CAPUT MORTUUM.—(Alch.) Refuse. Dead matter.
quires a certain amount of development to be comprehended. CARITAS.—Spiritual Love; benevolence, charity.
It also means certain secx:ets which are not to be divulged to CELESTIAL.—A spiritual, divine state; a state of per-
the vulgar who would be likely to misuse that knowledge. fection.
Matt. vii. 6.
CHAOS.—The universal matrix or storehouse of nature.
ARCHÆUS.—The great invisible storehouse of Nature,
—See Archæus.
wherein the characters of all things are contained and pre- Gen. i. 2.
served. To one aspect it represents the Astral Light; in
CHIMLA.—Chemistry. Sometimes the term refers to the
another, Primordial Matter.
Chemistry of Life, Alchemy.
ARGENTUM.—(Alch.). Silver. Symbolized by the Moon.
CHRIST.—Spiritual consciousness, Life and Light. The
ASTRAL BODY.—A semi-material substance, forming—so divine element in humanity, which if it manifests itself in
to say—the denser parts of the soul, which connect the man, becomes the personal Christ in individual man. “Christ”
latter with the physical body. Each thing in which the means therefore an internal spiritual living and conscious
principle of life exists, from minerals up to man, has an astral power or principle, identical in its nature with the Logos,
body, being the ethereal counterpart of the external visible with which the highest spiritual attributes of each human
form. being will become ultimately united if that human being has,
ASTRAL LIGHT.—The Light of Nature. The Memory, developed any such Christlike attributes. This principle is
or universal storehouse of nature, in which the characters of in itself of a threefold nature, but it appears to be useless to
all things that ever existed are preserved. He who can see speculate about its attributes, as they will be comprehensible
the images existing in the Astral Light can read tbe history only to him who realizes its presence within himself.—See
of all past events, and prophesy the future. Logos.
AZOTH.—(Alch.) The universal creative principle of NOTE.—The misoonception of the original meaning of the term “Christ”
Life. (Kristos) has been the cause of many bloody wars and of the most cruel
religious persecutions. Upon such a misconception are still based the claims
BABYLON.—Humanity in her unregenerated state, the of certain “Christian” sects. “Christ” originally signfies a universal spiritual
world of fashion, superficiality, animality and intellectuality principle, the “Crown of the Astral-Light,” coexistent from all eternity with
the “Father,” i.e. the Divine source from which it emanated in the beginning.
without spirituality. The world of superficial Knowledge, This principle is said to have on many occasions penetrated with its light cer-
self-conceit, and ignorance, living in externals. and being tain human beings, incarnated itself in them, and then produced great heroes,
attached to illusions. reformers, or Avatars. Those who cannot rise up to the sublimity of this
conception look upon “Christ” as being merely a historical person, who in
Rev. xiv. 8.—Rev. xvi. 19.—Rev. xvii.—Rev. xviii.
some inconceivable manner took upon himself the sins of the world.
BEAST.—(False prophet, Babylonian whore, etc.) Ani- There have been so many clerical dogmas and misconceptions heaped around
mality, sensuality, and selfishness; but especially intellectu- this term, that it appears to be impossible to throw any light upon this matter,
unless we call to our aid the sacred books of the Hindus and compare the
ality without spirituality, Knowledge without love, scientific doctrines of Krishna with those of Christ. 1 John v. 20.—1 Tim. vi. 16.
ignorance, skepticism, arrogance, materialism, brutality. The —Hos. xiii. 4.—Jer. xliii.—Luke xxiv. 19.—John xii. 44.—Mark ix. 37
Antichrist, i.e. false prophets. who are putting man’s author- .—John xiv. 28.—John x. 29.—John xx. 17.—1 Pet. i. 21.—John i. 4.—
John v. 26.—John v. 30.—Matt. xvii. 2.—John xiv. 6, etc.
ity in the place of the universal truth, who degrade religion
into sectarianism, and prostitute divine things for selfish COAGULATIO.—(Alch.) Coagulation. The act of some
purposes,—idolatry, bigotry, superstition, priestcraft, cunning, fluid or ethereal substance assuming a state of corporeal
false logic, etc. density.
Rev. xvii.—Rev. xviii. Canticl. v, 9-14.

BIBLE.—The “sacred books” of the “Christians,” contain- COMBINATIO.—(Alch.) Combination. The act of com-
ing a great deal of ancient wisdom clothed in fables and alle- bining certain visible or invisible things.
gories, and describing many occult processes in the shape CONJUNCTO.—(Alch.) Conjunction. The act of two or
of personificatiom of powers and historical events believed more things joining together Or coming into harmonio~s
to have taken place among the Jews. Some of the events relationship with each other.
described in those books seem to have actually taken place CORPUS.—(Alch.) Body. Matter is a state of corporeal
on the external plane, while others are merely figurative; density. The vehicle of a power.
and it appears to be at present impossible to determine in CREATION.—The external, visible manifestation of an
the Bible the exact line between fiction and history. internal, invisible power. The production of a visble form
BLOOD.—(Alch.) The vehicle for the principle of Life; out of invisible, formless. substance. The calling into ex-
the seat of the WilL istence of a form.
BODY.—Matter in a certain state of density, exhibiting NOTE.—The term “creation” has often been misrepresented as meaning
a creation of something out of nothing; but we know of no passage in the
a form. A body may be visible or invisible, corporeal or Bible which might justify such an irrational definition. The only persons who
ethereal. believe that something can come from nothing are certain self-styled “scien-
Matt. xxii. 30.—1 Cor. xv. 42, 51.—Phil. iii. 21. tists,” who imagine that life and consciousness are products of the mechanical
activity of the body; which is identical with saying that something superior
CABALA.—The science which teaches the relations exist- can be produced by something inferior; in other words, by something which
ing between the visible and invisible side of nature; i.e. the according to all known laws of nature is not able to produce it.
VOCABULARY OF OCCULT TERMS. 3
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CROSS.—A symbol expressing ered from a variety of aspects. Each element constitutes,
various ideas; but especially. the so to say, a world of its own, with its own inhabitanbs, the
creative power of Life in a “elementary spirits of nature” and by a combination of
spiritual aspect; acting within those elements under various conditione, an endless variety
O A
the Macrocosm of nature and of forms is produced.
within the Microcosm of man. ELOHIM.—The Ligbt of the Logos in :its aspect as a
It also represents Spirit and spiritual power or influence, whose presence may be felt as
Matter ascending and descend- R it penetrates the soul and body of the worshipper in his
ing. The perpendicular beam moments of spiritual exaItation. This Light, having been
represents Spirit, the horizontal bar the animal or earthly the cause and begjnning of creation, the term Elohim also
principle, being penetrated by the divine Spirit. Universal expresses its aspect as the creative power of the universe.
as well as individual man may be symbolized by a Cross.
EVA.—Eve. The female or generative power in nature;
Man’s animal body is a Cross, or instrument of torture for
the eternal mother of all, an ever-immaculate virgin; because
the soul. By means of his battlewith the lower elements of
she has no connection with any external god, but contains
his constitution, his divine nature becomes developed.
the fructifying spiritual principle (the Holy Ghost) within her
By means of his physical body, man is nailed to the plane
own self.
of suffering appertaining to terrestrial existence. The
The celestial Eve represents Theo-Sophia, divine Wisdom,
animal elements are to die upon that Cross, and the spiritual
or Nature in her spiritual aspect.
man is to be resurrected to become united with the Christ.
The terrestrial Eve represents Nature in a more material
“Death upon the Cross” represents the giving up of one’s
own personality and the entering into eternal and universal aspect, as the womb or matrix out of which forms are con-
life. The inscription sometimes found at the top of the tinually evolved, and into which they are reabsorbed.
NOTE.—Primordial man was a bisexual spiritual being; the separation of
Cross, consisting of the letters I. N. R. I., means, in its sex took place in consequence of the differentiation of spirit in matter. Man
esoteric sense, Ingi Natura Renovatur Integra; that is to is still to a certain extent bisexual; because each male human being contains
say: By the (divine) Fire (of Love) all Nature becomes re- female, and each female being male elements. Sex is merely an attribute of
the external form; the spiritual man who inhabits the outward form has no
newed. The golden Cross represents spiritual Life, illumi-
particular sex. Gen. ii. 8.—Gen. i. 27.—Heb. vii. 3.—Gen. vi. 3.
nated by Wisdom. It is the symbol of immortality. —Luke xx. 25.
DEUS.—God. EVIL.—The antithesis of Good, i.e. the reaction of good
DEVIL.—The principle of Evil, the antithesis of the prin- against itself, or good perverted. There can be no absolute
ciple or cause of Good, in the sane sense as Darkness is the Evil, because such a. thing would destroy itself.
antithesis of Light. God, being the cause of all powers and EX CENTRO IN CENTRUM.—Everything originates from
principles, is also the cause of the “Devil,” but not its direct one centre and returns to that centre.
cause; for as evil is nothing else but perverted good, likewise
FAITH.—Spiritual knowledge. A power by which the
the power called Devil is, so to say, the reaction of God, or
spirit may feel the existence of truths which transcend
the cause which perverts good into evil. The devil may be
external sensual perception. “Faith” should never be con-
said to be the dark, and consequently inferior counterpart of
founded with “Belief”; the latter being merely a contro-
God; consequently, like God, a trinity of thought, word, and
vertible opinion about something of which nothing is known.
its manifestation.
Rev. xvii. 8—Rev. ii. 13.—Luke iv.—2 Thess. ii. 9-11.— Acts viii. 9. Faith rests upon direct perception; Belief, upon intellectual
—Mark xiii. 13.—Rev. xvi. 14.—Mark v. 18.—Wisd. xii. 2.—John xxxii. speculation.
31.—Eph. vi. 12. Wis. iii. 4.—Rom. iv. 21.—2 Tim. i. 12.—1 John iii.—2 Cor. iv. 13. —
EARTH.—See Elements. Luke ix. 23.—John xi. 40.—Matt. xxi. 22.—Mark ix. 23.— Matt. xvii. 20,
21.—Luke xvii. 6.—Mark xvi, 17, 18.—John xiv. 12.—Thess. iii, 18—2 Cor.
EAGLE.—(Alch.) The spiritual Soul. “The Gluten of xiii. 15.
the White Eagle,”—pure spiritual love, the fiery substance
FATHER.—(Trinity.) The divine and incomprehensible
of the spiritual Soul.
Fire, from which emanated the Light (the Son). We cannot
ELEMENTA.—(Alch.) Elements. Universal and (to us) conceive of “the Father” except as the incomprehensible
invisible principles, the causes of all visible phenomena, Absolute, the Cause of all existence, the Centre of Life,
whether they are of an earthly (material), watery (liquid), airy becoming comprehensible only when he manifests himself as
(gaseous), or fiery (ethereal) nature. the “Son.” In the same sense a. geometrical point is merely
There are consequently four “Elements,” namely:— an abstraction and incomprehensible, and must expand into
1. Earth, representing primordial matter, an invisible a circle before it can become an object of our imagination.
ethereal substance, forming the basis of all external corporeal 1 Cor. viii. 6.—Mark xii. 29-32.—1 John v. 7.—Wisd. vii. 26.—
appearances. 1 John i.—1 John v. 1.—1 Tim vi. 16.—John i. 5.—Eph. i. 23.—1 Cor.
2. Water, referring to the realm of the Soul, the connect- xii. 6.
ing link between spirit and matter. It also represents FIAT.—The active expression of the Will and Thougbt
Thought. of the Great First Cause by which God manifested himself
3. Fire. regresenting the realm of the Spirit or Life. in the act of creation; in other words, the energy by which
4. Air alluding to Space or Form. It is not, strictly he threw the Light which created the universe into an
speaking, an “Element.” objective existence. The outbreathing of Brahm at the
There is a fifth element, which is the spiritual Quint-essence beginning of a Manvantara. Fiat Lux, —Let there be
(the Mercury) of all things. Each element may be consid- Light!
4 THE SECRET SYMBOLS OF THE ROSICRUCIANS.
FIDES.— See Faith. historical evidence that the ancient Rosicrucians possessed
FIRE.—An internal activity whose external manifestations the power to transmute base metals into gold by alchemical
are beat and light. This activity differs in chancter accord- means, by causing it to grow out of its own “seed,” and, it is
ing to the plane on which it manifests itself. “Fire” on the claimed tbat persons possessing such powers exist even to-day.
spiritual plane represents Love or Hate; on the astral plane GRACE.—A spiritual power emanating from .the Logos.
it represents Desire and Passion; on the physical plane. Com- It should not be confounded with “favor” or “partiality.”
bustion. It is the purifying element, and in a certain aspect It is a spiritual influence comparble to the light of the sun,
identical with “Life.”—See Elements. which shines everywhere, but for which not all things are
FIRMAMENT.—Realm. Space in its various aspects. The equally receptive.
physical and mental horizon. That which limits the physical Matt. vii. 16.—1 Cor. xv, 10.—Rom. xii. 3.—Eph. iv. 7.—John vi. 14.—
or mental perception. The sky. Matt. xx. 15.—1 Cor. iii. 6.—John iii. 27.—John vi. 44.—1 Pet. i. 13-16.—1
Cor. vii. 7.—1 Cor. vii. 17.—Matt. xxii. 14.—Matt. xx. 16.—2 Cor. xii.
FIXATIO.—(Aleh.) Fixation. The act of rendering a 31.—Rom. ix, 11, 22.
volatile substance (for instance a thought) fixed. The act
HEAVEN.—A state of happiness and contentment. Man
of rendering the impermanent permanent.
Cant. ii 12.—Cant. viii 4.
can only be perfectly happy when he forgets his own self.
“Heaven” refers to a spiritual state free from the bonds of
FOUNDATION.—The Real. The basis or centre of things,
matter.
in contradistinction to their phenomenal illusive and tran-
1 Cor. xv. 50.—Jer. lxvi. 18.—Luke xii. 34.—Luke xvii. 21.
sient appearance. We may look upon all things as having a
common basis, which in each thing manifests certain attri- HELL.—The antithesis of Heaven; a state of misery and
butes. We may know tbe attributes of thjngs, but not tbe discontent. A person suffers when he is conscious of hill
thing itself. own personality and its imperfections. Each being suffers
GLUTEN.—Adhesion. Spiritual substance.—See Eagle. when it is surrounded by conditions which are not adapted
to its welfare; consequently, the soul of man surrounded by
GOD.—The eternal, omnipresent, self-existent Cause of
evil elements suffers until the elements of evil are expelled
all things, in its aspect as the Cause of all Good. The
from his organization. The state in which the divine and
meaning of the term “God” differs according to the
standpoint from which we view it; but in its highest consequently pure spirit is still connected with an impure
meaning it is necessarily beyond the intellectual soul, seeking to throw off the impurities of the latter is called
comprehension of imperfect man; because the imperfect Purgatory (Kama loca). When this baa taken place, the
cannot conceive the perfect, nor the finite the infinite. In consciousness of the disembodied entity will be centred in
one aspect everything that exists is God, and nothing can his spiritual organization, and he will be happy; but if the
possibly exist which is not God; for it is the One Life, and consciousness has been centred in the impure soul, and
in it every being has its life and existence. God is the only remains witb the latter, the soul will be unhappy and in a
eternal Reality, unknowable to man; all that we know of state of Hell. The latter takes place especially in such cases
him are his manifestations. In one aspect God is looked where people of great intellectual powers, but with evil
upon as the spiritual central Sun of the Cosmos, whose tendencies, perform knowingly and purposely evil acts.
rays and substance penetrate the universe with life, light, Jer. lvii. 21.—Rom. i. 27.—Mark ix. 44.—Rev. xx. 10.—2 Pet. ii. 27.
—Wisd. v. 1-15.
and power. God being the Absolute, cannot have any
conceivable relative attributes; because as nothing exists HOLY GHOST.—(Trinity.) The Light of the manifested
but himself, he stands in relation to no thing, and is Logos, representing the body and substance of Christ. The
therefore non-existent from a relative point of view. We Spirit of Truth, coming from the Father and Son.
cannot possibly form any conception of the unmanifested John xiv. 11.—John xv. 26.—Rom. i. 20.—Wisd. i. 17.
Absolute; but as soon as the latter becomes manifest, it HOMO.—Man.
appears as a Trinity of Thought, Word, and Revelation, i.e. as
HOPE.—Spiritual hope is a state of spiritual conscious-
the “Father,” the “Son,” and the “Holy Ghost.”
ness, resulting from the perception of a certain truth, and
Innumerable people have been killed because they differed in regard to
their opinions how the term “God” should be defined; but it is obvious tbat based upon a conviction that a certain desire will be realized.
a Cause which is beyond all human conception is also beyond any possible This kind of hope should not be confused with the hope
correct definition, and that, therefore, all theological disputations about the which rests merely upon opinion, formed by logical conclu-
nature of God are absurd and use1ess. John iv. 24.—Eph. i. 23.—John x.
16.—1 Kings viii. 17.—Matt. v. 35.—John i. 18.—Col. i. 15.—1 Tim. vi. sions or caused by uncertain promises.
16.—1 John i. 5.—Ps. civ. 30.—Wisd. i. 7.—Eph. i. 16. HYLE.—The universal primordial invisible principle of
GOD.—A human being in whom divine powers have matter, containing the germs of everything that is to come
become active. An Adept. into objective existence.—See Archæus.
GOOD.—Everything conducive to a purpose in view is IGNIS.—Fire.
relatively good; but only that. which leads to permanent
happiness is permanent Good. Everything, therefore, which ILLUSION.—All that refers to Form and outward appear-
ennobles and elevates mankind may be called good, while ance. All that is of a phenomenal character; transient and
that which degrades is evil. Supreme Good is that which impermanent; in contradistinction to the Real and Perma-
establishes real and permanent happiness. nent.
GOLD.—(Alch.) An emblem of perfection upon the ter- JEHOVAH.—Jod-He-Vah.—God manifest, in his aspect as
restrial plane, as the Sun is a symbol of perfection on the the creative, transforming, and regenerating power of the
superterrestria1 plane. There is a considerable amount of universe. The seIf-existent, universal God.
VOCABULARY OF OCCULT TERMS. 5
JERUSALEM.—Humanity in its spiritual condition. The John xiv. 28.—John x. 29.—John xx. 16.—John i. 4.—John v. 30.—Luke v.
17.—Rom. ix. 5.—1 Tim. iii. 16.—1 John v. 26.—John viii. 58.—John xiv.
soul in a state of purity. 6.—John x. 9.—John x. 30, 38.—John xvi. 27.—Mark xii. 29.—Col. ii. 3.—
JESUS.—The divine man. Each man’s spiritual Ego. 1 Cor. vi. 17.—Rom. i. 4.
Each person’s personal god or Atman. The redeeming LOVE.—Spiritual Love is an all-penetrating spiritual
principle in Man, with which man may hope to become power, uniting the higher elements of Humanity into one
united during his life. inseparable whole. It is not led by external sensuous attrac-
Jesus of Nazareth is believed to have been an Adept; i.e.. tions. It is the power by which man recognizes the unity of
a pure and great man, teacher and reformer, in whom the the All, and the product of that knowledge which springs
Logos has taken form; in other words, a human being in into existence, when man recognizes the identity of his own
whom the Christ-principle has incarnated itself. spirit with the spirit of every other being. This spirituaJ
John i. 14.—Luke xxiv. 19.—John x. 9.— John xiv. 28.—John i. 4.— Love should never be confounded with sexual desire, paren-
John v. 26, 30.—John xiv. 6.—John x. 30, 38. tal affection, etc., which are merely sentiments, subject to
JUPITER.—The supreme God. Jehovah. attraction and change.
KNOWLEDGE.—Science, based upon the perception and 1 John iv. 8.—1 John iv. 13.—1 Cor. xiii. 7, 8.—Prov. viii. 35.—1 Cor.
xiii. 2.
understanding of a truth. It should never be confounded
LUCIFER.—The bearer of 'Light. An angel of Light.
with “learning” which means the adoption of certain opinion
possessed of Wisdom. Lucifer in his fallen state is Intel-
or theory on the strength of some hearsay or logical specula-
lectuality without Spirituality; knowledge without the light
tion. We cannot really know anything except tbat which
of wisdom.
we are able to perceive mth our external or internal senses.
1 Cor. iii. 19.—1 Cor. xiii. 8, 9.—Wisd. vii. 23.—Wisd. vii. 17.—1 Cor. LUMEN.—A power emitting Light.
xiv. 1.—Gal. vi. 3.—1 Cor. i. 20.—Job xviii. 28.—Wisd. x. 21.—Matt. x. LUNA.—See Moon.
19.—1 Cor. i. 19.—Wisd. vii. 13.—Wisd. vi. 13.
LUX.—See Light.
LAPIS PHILOSOPHORUM.—(Alch.) A mystery, known
only to the practical occultist who has experienced its MACROCOSM & MICROCOSM.—The great and the little
power. world; the latter being an image or representation of the
1 Cor. iii. 16.—Heb. viii. 2.—Matt. xxi. 42—1 Pet. ii. 4. —Eph. ii. former, but on a smaller scale. The microcosm of Man
21, 22. resembles the macrocosm of the universe in all his aspects
LEAD.—(Alch.) symbolized by Saturn, the emblem of except in external form.
Matter; the element of Earth. NOTE.—Not only is man thus an image of “God,” but every part of our
organism has the character of the whole impressed upon it, in the same sense
LEO.—(Alch.) Lion. The symbol of strength and forti- as the qualities of a tree are latent in the seed. It is therefore possible for
tude; corresponding to Mars. “The Blood of the Red those who can read in the Light of Nature to know the character, attributes,
and history of a thing by examining one of its parts.
Lion,” the vehicle of the Life-principle.
MAGIC.—The science and art of employing spiritual
LIFE.—A universal principle; a function of the universal
powers to obtain certain results. No one can exercise Magic
Spirit.
NOTE.—Life is present everywhere, in a stone or plant as well is in an
unless he possesses magic powers. and to obtain such powers
animal or man, iWd there is nothing in natun: which is entirely destitute of man must be spiritually developed. “Magic” should never
life; because all things are a manifestation of the One Life, which fills the be confounded with “Sorcery.” The former deals with the
universe:. In some bodies the activity of life acts very slow, so that it may be
Real, the latter deals with Illusions. Magic is the culmina-
looked at as dormant or latent, in others it acts npidly; but a form which is
deserted by the life-principle ceases to exist as a form. Attraction, Cohesion, tion of all sciences, and includes them all; but there can
Gravitation, etc., are all manifestations of life, while in animals this activity be no true science without wisdom and no wisdom without
enters a state of self-consciousness, which is perfected in man. To suppose sanctification.
that Life is a product of the mechanical or physiological activity of an organ-
ism is to mistake effects for causes, and causes for effects.—See Creation. MAN.—The reaJ man is an invisible internal and spiritual
1 Cor. xv. 53.—John vi. 44.—Luke v. 14.—John i. 4.—Luke vi. 19.—Luke power which, in its outward manifestation, appears as a
v. 17.—Acts viii. 17. human being.
LIGHT.—An external visible manifestation of an internal NOTE.—Man may be looked upon as an individual ray emaniting from
invisible power. the great spirltual Sea of the universe, having become polarized in the heart
The Divine Light of Grace is a spiritual Light, the Light of of an incipient human organism, endows the latter with life and stimulates its
growth. At a certain state of its development that organism becomes con-
the Logos, illuminating the mind of the Adept. scious of its existence in the phenomenal world, and with this the illusion of
The Light of Nature is the Astral Light. self is created. There is nothing real and permanent about this being called
Man, except this internal divine power which is called the Spirit, which is
LIMBUS.—The universal matrix of all things.—See ultimately identical with the universal Spirit—the Christ.
Archæus. Gen. i. 27.—Gen. ii. 7.—Acts xvii.—1 Cor. iii. 16.—2 Cor. vi. 16.—
LOGOS & LOGOI.—A centre or centres of spiritual activity, Luke iii. 38.—Luke xx. 35.

Life and light. existing from all eternity in the manifested MARS.—The power which endows beings with strength.
GOD (the Absolute). The Christ-principle, which, shining —See Leo.
into the heart of man, may produce an Avatar or Christ. MARIA.—The universal matrix of Nature. Ceres, Tris,
NOTE.—It is taught that at certain periods such an incarnation of the divine etc.—See Eve.
Light of the Logos takes place upon the Earth, and thus causes a new saviour,
redeemer, and reformer to appear among mankind, teaching the old and half- MATERIA PRIMA.—(Alch.) Primordial Matter. A’Wâsa.
forgotten truths again by word and example, and thus producing a new revival A universal and invisible principle, the basic substance of
of the religious sentiment. The ancient religions speak of several such Avatars which all things are formed. By reducing a thing into its
in which “the Word has become Flesh.” John i. 14.—Col. ii. 19.—John xvi.
27.—Zach. xiii. 1.—2 Cor. iv. 4.—Heb. vii. 16.—1 John v. 20.—
prima materia, and clothing it with new attributes, it may
1 Tim. vi. 16.—Hos. xiii. 4.—Jer. xliii. 1, 2.—John xii. 44.—Mark ix. 37.— be transformed into another thing by him who possesses
6 THE SECRET SYMBOLS OF THE ROSICRUCIANS.
spiritual power and knowledge. There are several states of Sir. i. 16.—Wisd. vii. 21-35.—Jer. ix. 24.—Acts: x. and xi.—Jacob. i. 5.
—1 Cor. xiii. 8, 9.
matter, from primordial down to gross visibIe matter, and the
Alchemists therefore distinguish between Materia proxima, OCULUS.—Eye.
Materia remota, and Materia ultima. OCULUS DIVINUS.—The symbol of spiritual consciousness
MATRIX.—(Alch.) Womb. The mother wherein a germ, and knowledge.
seed, or principle is brought to ripening. Every germ re- OCULUS NATURÆ.—The Astral Light..
quires a certain appropriate matrix for its development. OMNIA AB UNO.—“Everything originates from the One.”
Minerals, plants, or animals require a matrix in the incipient PATER.—Father.
state of their growth.
PERFECTIO.—(Alch.) Perfection.
MATTER.—An external manifestation of an internal power.
PERSON.—An individual, organized, self-conscious being
MERCURY.—(Alch.) One of the Three Substances. The or principle, capable to think and to will different from other
Astral Light. The principle of Mind. The spiritual quint- beings or principles. An indivisible unity.
essence of all things.
PERSONALITY.—Mask. The sum and substance of the
METALS.—(Aleh.) Certain occult powers. The “metals” attributes which go to distinguish one individual from others.
of which a man is. made and which produce his virtues or As one and the same actor may appear in various costumes
vices are more permanent and lasting than the body and masks; likewise one individual spiritual entity may appear
composed of flesh and blood. successively on the stage of life as various pers.onalities.
MOON.—(AIch.) A reflection caused by the rays of the NOTE.—To comprehend the doctrine of Re-incarnation, it should be
Sun. The Intellect, being a reflection of the divine light remembered that at and after the transformation called “death” only those
attributes of a person which have reached a certain degree of spirituality, and
emanating from the Fire of the heart are therefore fit to survive, will remain with the individual spirit. When the
MORTIFICATIO.—(Alch.) Mortification. The art of ren- latter again overshadows a new-born form, it develops a new set of attributes,
dering the lower elements passive, so that the higher ones which go to make up its new personality.
can become active. The art of dissolving the body, so that Deut. i. 17.—2 Chron. xix. 7.—Job xxxiv. 19.—Acts x. 34.—Rom. ii.
2.—Gal. ii. 6.—Eph. vi. 9.—Col. iii. 25.—1 Pet. i. 17.
the spirit may become free.
PHILOSOPHY.—True “Philosophy” is practical knowledge
MULTJPLTCATIO.—(AJch.) Multiplication. Increase. The of causes and effects: but wbat is to-day called “Philosophy”
character is the great multiplicator. is a system of speculation based upon logical deductions, or
Cant. vi. 7.
opinions arrived at by reasoning from that which we imagine
NATURAL, UNNATURAL, SUPERNATURAL.—Relative terms, to know to the unknown.
referring to the relations existing between certain things Wisd. vii. 21.—1 Cor. iii. 19.—1 Cor. xiii. 8, 9.
and certain conditions. Everything in Nature is natural in NOTE.—The fundamentaI basis upon which our modem philosophy rests
the absolute meaning of this term; but not everything is is erroneous and illusive, because it rests upon the assumption that man could
know something witbout knowing himself, while, in truth, man can possess no
sur-rounded by such conditions as according to the laws of positive knowledge of anything whatever except that which exists within his
its own nature it ought to be surrounded by. Air is natural, own self; and he can know nothing about divine things as long as the divinity
but to a fish it is not his natural element; a supernatural within himself has not become alive and self-conscious. Philosophy witbout
Theosophy is, therefore, mere speculation, and frequently leads to error.
being is one who exists in a spiritual condition superior to
that of lower beings, and in which gross material beings can- PHŒNIX.—(Alch.) A fabulous bird: the symbol of death
not exist. and regeneration.
NATURE.—The external manifestation of an internal cre- PRAYER.—An effort of the will to obtain that which one
ative power. The whole of nature can be nothing else but a desires. Prayer on the physical plane consjsts in acts:
thought of God, having been thrown into objectivity by the prayer on the plane of thought consists in thoughts; prayer
power of his Word and grown into forms acrording to the on the spiritual plane consists in the act of rising in thought
law of evolution. “The nature of a thing” means the sum- up to the highest, and to become united with it.
mary of its attributes. Mark vii. 6.—Matt. vi. 7.—Jas. iv. 3.—2 Thess. iii. 12.—Matt. iv. 2.—1
Thess. iv. 10.—1 Pet. iii. 4.—2 Cor. xii. 4.—Dan. vi. 23.—Lukc xviii. 17. —
Gen. i. 1.—Rom. i. 20.—2 Cor. xv. 53.—Matt. v. 35.—Mark xiii. 15. Rom. viii. 26.—1 John v. 15.—John ix. 31.—1 Cor. xiv. 14.—Mark. xi.
NOTHING.—The antithesis of something. The term noth- 24.—Matt. xxi. 22.—John xv. 5.
ing is sometimes applied to signify something which is incon- PRIMUM MOBILE.—(Alch.) Primordial Motion. The first
ceivable and therefore no thing to us. Form is no thing; it Life-impulse.
is merely a shape, and does not exist in the Absolute. If a PRINCIPIUM.—Principle, Cause, Beginning ol Activity.
thought becomes expressed in a form, that which was nothing PRIMA MATERIA.—See Materia Prima.
to us becomes something.
PROJECTIO.—(Alch.) Projection. The act of endowing a
OCCULTISM.—The science of things which transcend the thing with a certain power or quality by means of an occult
ordinary powers of obscervation. The science of things whose power whose root is the Will.
perception requires extraordinary or superior faculties of per- Cant. viii. 8.
ception. Everything is occult to us as long as we cannot see
PUREFACTIO.—(Alch.) Purification.
it, and with every enlargement of the field of our perception
a new and heretofore “occult” world becomes open to our PUTREFACTIO.—(Alch.) Putrification.
investigation. We may speculate about the Unseen; but we Cant. iii. 1.

cannot actually know anything about it, unless we can men- RAVEN.—(Alch.) A symbol for a certain occult power.
tally grasp its spirit.—See Knowledge. REBIS.—(Alch.) Refuse. Matter to be remodelled.
VOCABULARY OF OCCULT TERMS. 7
REGENERATIO.—(Alch.) Regeneration. The act of being SOPHIST.—Originally this term meant a “wise man”; but
reborn in the spirit. The penetration of the soul and body now it means a false reasoner, a skeptical speculator, a person
by the divine heat of love and the light of intelligence. who is cunning but possesses no wisdom; one who judges
emanating from the divine fire within the heart. The things not by what they are, but by what he imagines them
awakening and development of spiritual self-consciousness to be; one who dogmatizes about things which he cannot
and self-knowledge. grasp spiritually; a material scientist; a would-be-wise, an
John iii. 3.—John xvi. 33.—Gal. vi. 15.—1 Pet. i. 23.—1 John iii. 9.— intellectual person without love; one who lives, so to say, in
1 John ii. 29.—Wisd. i. 4.—1 John v. 4.—John iii. 10.—John vi. 27.—Gal. his brain and receives no light from his heart.
iii. 10.—Thess. xi. 19.—Luke xx. 35.—Gal. iv. 19.—John iii. 6.
Rev. xvi. 14.—Rev. xx. 10.—Jer. xxviii.—1 John iv. 1.—John x. 1.—
RESURRECTIO.—(Alch.) Resurrection. Initiation into a 1 Tim. vi. 20.—Matt. xxii. 14.
higher ' state, of existence. The new life into wbich ijJ.c SOUL.—The semi-material principle connecting matter
per. fected e'1ement:s of a. beJng enters after the imperfect with spirit. It leads, so to say, an amphibious existence
ones with which they have been amalgamated have been between these two poles of substance. and may ultimately
destroyed. become amalgamated either with one or the other. The
Col. i. 27.—Gal. iv. 5, 6.-—Job. xix. 25.—Gen. iii. 15.—Rom. v. 15.— 2
Cor. v, 15.—1 Tim. ii. 3.—Rom. vi. 7.—1 Cor. iii. 17.—1 Cor. xv. 35.
Body is the mask of the Soul; the Soul, tbe body of the
Spirit.
ROSE.—(Alch.) The symbol of evolution, and unfolding Rom. viii. 6.—2 Cor. iv. 16.—Wisd. iii. 4.—Rom. v. 2.—Matt. xviii. 22.
and beauty.
SPES.—Hope.
ROSICRUCIAN.—A person who by the process of spiritual
awakening has attained a practical knowle1ge of tbe secret SPIRITUS.—Spirit. God in his aspect as an eternal, uni-
signification of the Rose and the Cross. A Hermetic philoso- versal, and invisible principle or power in a state of the great-
pher. A real Theosophist or Adept. One who possesses est purity and periection. The divine element in Nature.
spiritual knowledge and power. The antithesis of Matter, yet “materia1” in a transcendental
NOTE.—Names have no meaning if they do not express the true char- sense. Spiritual substance. A conscious, organized. invisi-
acter of a thing. To call a person a Rosicrucian does not make him one, ble principle. The Substance or Body of Christ. The term
nor does the act of calling a person a Christian make him a Christ. The real “Spirit” is also used to signify the essence or character of a
Rosicrucian or Mason cannot be made; he must grow to be one by the
expansion and unfoldment of the divine power within his own heart. The thing, the sum of the highest attributes or powers.
inattention to this truth is the cause that many churches and secret societies 1 Cor. viii. 6.—Mark xii. 29-32.—1 John v. 7.—John xiv. 17.—John xv.
are far from being that which their names express. 26.—Wisd. i. 7.—1 Pet. i. 10.—Luke xvii. 21.—Gal. ii. 20.—2 Cor. iv. 2.—
Phil. iii. 21.—Rom. xiv. 7.
SAL.—(Alch.) Salt. Substance. One of the three sub-
stances. The Will. Wisdom. SPIRITS.—Powers.
Matt. v. 13.—Luke xiv. 34. NOTE.—The modem usage to apply the term “spirits” to disembodied
astral forms and souls of men and animals has originated in the modern mis-
SATURN.—(Alch.) The symbol of the universal principle conception of the true nature of man.
of matter; the producer and destroyer of fonns.
SUBLIMATLO.—(Alch.) Sublimation. The rising of a
SEED.—(Alch.) A germ, element, or power from which a lower state into a higher one. Vices may become sublimated
being may grow. There are germs of Elementals. Minerals, into virtues.
Plants, Animals, Human Beings, and Gods. Cant. iii, 6.
Luke xix. 26.—Gal. vi. 7.—1 Cor. iii. 6.—Mark iv. 6.—Matt. xiii.. 23.
—-1 Cor. ix. 10.—1 Cor. iii. 9.—John xv. 5, 6.—Luke vi. 43.—Matt. SUBSTANCE.—That unknown and invisible something
vii. 16. which may manifest itself either as matter or force; in
SILVER.—(Alch.) An emblem of intelligence, symbolized other words, that substratum of all things which is energy in
by the Moon. Amalgamated with Mercury (the Mind) and one of its aspects, and matter in another.
penetrated by the Fire of divine Love, it becomes transformed The Three Substances: Salt, Sulphur, and Mercury repre-
into the Gold of Wisdom. sent the trinity of all things. They are the basis of all
SOL.—(Alch.)—See Sun. existence, and in each of these three substances the other
two are contained. They form an inseparable Unity in a
SOL-OM-ON.—The name of the Sun of Wisdom expressed Trinity, differing, however, in its aspects and manifestations.
in three languages.
Consequently, in some things the Salt, in others the Sulphur,
SOLUTIO.—(Alch.) Solution. The act of bringing a and in still others the Mercury is preëminently manifest.
thing into a fluid condition. They represent Thought, Word, and Form; Body, Soul, and
Corpora non agunt nisi fluida sunt. Spirit; Earth, Water, and Fire; Fire, Light, and Heat,
SON OF GOD.—One of the three powers constituting the etc.—See Trinity.
Trinity. The Light, or Christ. The regenerated spiritual SULPHUR.—(Alch.) One of the three substances. The
man. The celestial Adam. The Logos. Only the inner principle of Love. The invisiblc fire.
spiritual and divine man is a direct Son of God; the unre- 1 John iv. 8.—Matt. xx. 37.—Eph. v. 2.—1 John. iv. 13.—Prov. viii. 35.
generated man is his indirect descendant. The Spirit is the —1 Cor. xiii. 2.
Son of God; the Soul is the son of the Sun (astral influ- SUN.—(Alch.) The Symbol of Wisdom. The Centre of
ences); the Body the son of the Earth.
Power or Heart of things. The Sun is a centre of energy
Gen i. 27.—1 Thess. v. 23.—1 Cor. iii. 16.—2 Cor. vi. 16.—Luke iii.
38.—Rom. v. 14.
and a storehouse of power. Each living being contains
within itself a centre of life, which may grow to be a sun. In
SOPHIA.—Wisdom.
8 THE SECRET SYMBOLS OF THE ROSICRUCIANS.
the heart of the regenerated, the divine power, stimulated by sion of Form. Differentiation and separation exist merely
the Light of the Logos, grows into a Sun which illumi-nates at the surface of the peripbery of the All; the Centre is one.
his mind. To become reunited with tbe Centre is to enter the Real,
The spiritual Sun of Grace. The Logos or Christ. and to become divine and immortal. After a man has
The natural Sun. The centre of all powers contained in become united with his own higher self, he may become
our solar system. united with Christ.
NOTE.—The terrestrial sun is the image or reflection of tbe invisible celes- NOTE.—This process of regenerartion and unification is taught in all the
tial sun; the former is in the realm of Spirit what the latter is in the realm of religions of tbe East, but—although the whole Christian religion is based upon
Matter; but the latter receives its power from the former.—See Logos. this truth—it is nevertheless universally misunderstood by modern Christians,
who expect to obtain salvation rather through the merit of another that by
SUPERIUS & INFERIUS.—(Alch.) The Above and Below, their own exertions. To understand the process of regeneration and unifi-
the Internal and External, the Celestial and Terrestrial. cation requires an understanding of the real nature of man and of his relations
Everything below has its ethereal counterpart above, and, to nature; a science which in our modern times is nowhere in Europe taught
tbe two act and react upon each other; in fact they are one in schools, because our theologians and scientists are themselves ignorant of
the true nature of man, and because mankind finds it easier to accept a
and merely appear to be two. belief than to acquire knowledge.
TARTARUS.—(Alch.) Matter. Residuum. A substance Col. i. 27.—Gal. iv. 5, 6, 19.—Job xix. 25.—1 Cor. xv. 53-55.—1 John
iii.—2 Phil. iii. 21.
which has been deposited by a fluid, or crystallized out of
the latter. The gross elements of the soul. UNIVERSE.—The Cosmos. The All; beyond which noth-
ing can exist, because there is no “beyond.” The whole of
TERRA.—Earth.
the visible universe is a manifestation of the internaI invisible
TERRESTRIAL.—An earthly or imperfect state. divine power called the Spirit of God. It is the substance
THEOLOGY.—A system which teaches the nature and action of God, shaped by his thought into images and thrown into
of divine powers and their relation to Man. Some ancient objectivity by an exercise of his Will. Whatever God thinks,
theologies are the products of certain spiritually developed that he expresses in the Word. and what he speaks becomes
persons who were capable to perceive and understand spirit- an Act. All this takes place according to Law, because God
ual truths, and wbo laid down the results of their experience is himself the Law, and does not act against himself.
in certain systems, and described what they knew, usually in Gen. i. 1.—Wisd. vii. 17.—Rev. xxi. 6.—Rev. xxii. 13.—John xvi. 22.—
some allegorical forms. Modern Theology is a system of Rom. i. 29.—Rom. i. 20.—1 Kings vi.-viii.—Matt. v. 35.—Mark xiii. 15.

speculation based upon the knowledge of external symbols VENUS.—(Alch.) The principle of Love.
and allegories without any understanding of the true meaning VERBUM.—The Word, the A and W. The Christ or Logos.
of the latter. The expression of a divine thought. The power which
THEOSOPHY.—Supreme Wisdom. The knowledge of emanated in the beginning from the Eternal Centre. The
divine powers obtained by him who possesses such powers. origin of all life.
“Theosophy” is therefore identical with Self-knowledge. John i. 18.—Matt. xxvi. 64.—John i. 3.—Sir. xliii. 8.—Gen. i.—Eccles.
iii. 15.—Ps. xxxiii. 6.—See Logos.
Wisd. vii. 21.—Wisd. vii. 35.—Wisd. vii. 26, 27.—1 Pet. i. 10.—Wisd.
vii. 17-27.—Wisd. viii. 18.—Wisd. x. 21.—Matt. x. 19.—Jer. ix. 24.—1 Cor. VIR.—Man. A human being in whom the male elements
i. 29.—Wisd. vi. 13.—5ir. i. 13. are preponderating.
THEOSOPHIST.—A person whose mind is illuminated by VIRGIN, CELESTIAL—See Eve.
the spirit of Divine Wisdom. One who is able to mentally VISIBLE & INVISIBLE.—Relative terms; referring to
grasp the spirit of a thing, and to understand it. One who things which are usually beyond the powers of perception of
has attained a self-knowledge of the divine powers existing ordinary man in his normal state. What may be invisible
in his own organization. to one may be visible to another.
TINCTURA.—(Alch.) Tincture. An ethereal or spiritual WATER.—See Elementa.
substance which, by impregnating another substance, endows
WILL.—The one universal and fundamental power in the
(tinctures) the latter with its own properties. If a gross prin- universe, from whicb all other powers take their origin.
ciple is penetrated by a higher one, the former is said to be
Fundamentally it is identical with Life. It manifests itself
tinctured (colored) by the lower one.
in the lower planes of existence as Attraction, Gravitation,
TRINTTY.—The All. The whole of the Universe. Every- Cohesion; on the higher planes as Life, Will, Spiritual Power,
thing is a trinity, and Three is the number of Form. Every etc., according to the conditions in which it acts. The Will
conceivable thing consists of Matter and Motion in Space, is a function of the universal Spirit of God, and there is no
and the three are forevet one and inseparable. “God” is a other power in the Universe but the Will of God, acting
trinity, and the Universe being a manifestation of God, every either consciously or unconsciously, natural or unnatural, if
part of the Universe must necessarily be a trinity. Every- perverted by man. Man can have no will of his own; he is
thing is a product of thought, will, and substance (form); i.e., merely enabled to employ the universal will acting in his
Mercury, Sulphur, and Salt. organization during his earthly existence, and to pervert and
1 John v. 7.—1 Cor. viii. 6.—1 John i. 5.—1 John iv. 8.—Rom. i. 20.— misuse it on account of his ignorance with the eternal laws
Wisd. i. 7.
of nature.
UNIFICATION.—At-one-ment. The art of uniting into one. Rom. v. 19.—Matt. xxvi. 39.—Heb. x. 7,36.—Matt. vii. 21.—John v.
Unification with the eternal One is the only aim and object 30.—John vi. 38.—Heb. x. 9.—Heb. x. 10.—Man can only accumlate will-
of all true religion. All things are originally one; they are power by obedience to the law.
all states of one universal divine consciousness; they merely WISDOM.—The highest conceivable attribute of the Spirit;
appear to be different from each other on account of the illu- conceivable—like all other powers—only by him in whom
VOCABULARY OF OCCULT TERMS. 9
wisdom has become manifest, and who is thereby rendered WOMAN.—A human being in whose organization the
wise. Wisdom is not of man’s making; he cannot invent, but female elements are preponderating over the male ones.
be can acquire it. The same may be said of all other spir- WORD.—See Verbum. A and W.
itual powers; they exist in the universe, and are to be ZODIAC.—The twelve signs of the Zodiac represent the
attained by Man. twelve universal prindpJes which form the basis of the con-
Wisd. vii. 17-27.—Wisd. viii. 18.—Wisd. x. 21.—Exo. iv. 12.—Matt. x.
19.—1 Cor. i. 19.—Wisd. vii. 13.—Jacob i. 5.—Sir. xxxix. 7, 8.—Wisd. vi.
struction of the material aniverse.
13.—Wisd. vii. 7.—1 Pet. i. 10.—2 Pet. i. 19.—1 Cor. xiii. 8, 9.

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SYMBOLS
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THE THREE SUBSTANCES

F Suphur. H Mercury. G Salt.

THE FOUR ELEMENTS

B Fire. C Water. D Air. E Earth

THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES, OR PLANETS


! Sun (Gold). & Jupiter (Tin). # Mercury (Quicksilver). % Mars (Iron) $ Venus (Copper)
" Moon (Silver). ' Saturn (Lead).
The Eighth Planet is $ the Earth (Antimony).
! Day. # Night.
THE TWELVE SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC
1. a Aries (Ram). 2. b Taurus (Steer). 3. c Gemini (Twins).
4. d Cancer (Crab). 5. e Leo (Lion). 6. f Virgo (Virgin).
7. g Libra (Balance). 8. h Scorpio (Scorpion). 9. i Sagittarius (Archer).
10. j Capricornus (Capricorn). 11. k Aquarius (Waterman). 12. l Pisces (Fishes).

NOTE.—The student should attempt to grasp intuitively the meaning of these signs; for an explanation in words will be entirely
inadequate to express their signification unless their spirit is grasped by the power of the intuition.
PART II.

A TREATISE
on the

PHILOSOPHER’S STONE
By a still living Philosopher, but who does not desire to be known.

Written for the instructions of those who love the Secret Doctrine, and for
the guidance of the Brothers of the Golden and Rose-Cross.

Copied and translated from an old German


Rosicrucian MS.
HABET IN SE OMNIA LAPIS BENEDICT.

OMNE DECUS

NISUS IN ARENA
Fig I.—THE PREPARATION OF THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE ALLEGORICALLY REPRESENTED.

FIGURE I. represents Nature, a great female deity, symoblised as a water-nymph or queen (Venus rising from the ocean), out of which she is born.
From her breasts are running two continuous streams of white milk and red blood. The two must be boiled together until they are transformed
into silver and gold. Happy is he who surprises the incomparable queen in her most secret retirement and obtains possession.
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ADDRSSED TO THE DISCIPLE WHO DESIRES TO LEARN THE HERMETIC ART:—
THE reason why, in these last days of the world, I undertook to write this book, is because I wish to prevent you
from falling into erroneous opinions. I do not write books for my own sake, for I do not need them. I have read
enough books in writing as well as in print during the last twenty years; but I found the greatest part of them filled
with phantastry and error. In this book I will describe to yoa the whole process in the form of a parable, and I will
make my description as plain as possible.
As far as my name is concerned, I have determined, after due deliberation, not to reveal it. I do not desire to
obtain fame or notoriety before the world; neither do I wish to expose my life to dangers which would unavoidably be
connected with the publication of these mysteries, if my person were known. Already some of the Brothers of the
Golden Cross have acted imprudently in this respect and were consequently waylaid by certain ambitious and vain
fellows, and robbed of their tincture,—the biggest treasure which a man can possess.
But let me ask those who are unable to undentand this book, and who are nevertheless ready to criticise and
condemn it: “Have you seen the great Salt-Sea? Tell me, dear, where do they make Sulphur, and where does Mercury
come into existence? Have you seen the amorous couple, consisting of man and woman, embracing each other so that
eternity cannot separate them, and that they become one being?” If you now understand what I mean, if you have
seen it with your eyes and touched it with your hands. I will be your brother and ask to be admitted into your labo-
ratory; but if you do not understand it; I advise you to keep your own counsel. Some people complain that this art
is very difficult to 1earn, but let me tell them. that those who love God, and are found worthy by him, will learn it very
easily; while tbe godless will never be able to understand it however much they may exert their own imagition.
If, however, some of you are, inclined to accuse me of having described this art too plainly and revealed secrets
which ought not to be published, let them know that those who are worthy to learn the art will easily understand what I
say, and it will be very useful to them; but those who are not worthy will be sure to leave it alone. I have told
the whole process to the would-be wise, and they have laughed at me in their hearts, and could not believe that there
is a twofold resurrection of the dead in our work. Our art is a gift of God. He gives it to whomsoever he pleaseth,
and takes it away when he chooses, and nobody’s own personal will has any influence whatever in determining this
matter. It is an art which has been known to me with all its manipulations for over seventeen years; nevertheless I
had to wait until, by the grace of God, I could enter into ita practie. It is an art which exists as truly as the sun
shines during the day and the moon at night, but it exists only for those who are able to see it.
But you, my beloved Brothers of the Golden and Rosy Cross, who are keeping youiselves hidden away from the
world, and are enjoying the fruits of your divine gifts in secrecy, do not avoid me; and if you do not know. who I am,
I will tell you that the Cross is the touchstone of Faith; it reveals its true value, but imaginary security and sensuality
suffocate its germ. Peace be with you all. Amen.
PREFACE.
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Quærivi: inveni: purgavi sæpius: atque


Coniunxi: maturavi: Tinctura secuta est
Aurea, Naturæ centrum quæ dicitur: inde
Tot sensus, tot scripta virum, variæque figuræ
Omnibus, ingenue fateor, Medicina metallis,
Infirmisque simul: punctum dinvinitus ortum.*
HARMANNUS DITICHIUS, Auth. famulus.

KIND AND TRUTH-LOVING READER:—


SOME years ago, after having long and earnestly prayed to Good, the unmanifested, incomprehensible cause of all
things I was attracted to Him, and by the power of his Holy Spirit—through whom all Wisdom descends upon
us, and who has been sent to us through Christ, the logoj, from the Father— he illuminated my inner sight, so that
I was able to recognize the Centrum in Trigono Centri, which is the only and veritable substance for the preparation
of the Philosopher’s Stone. But although I knew this substance, and had it actualIy in my possession for over five years,
nevertheless I did not know how to obtain from it the Blood of the Red Lion, and the Gluten of the White Eagle,
neither did I know the processes by which these substances could be mixed, bottled, and sealed up, or how they were
to be treated by the secret fire, a process which requires a great deal of knowledge prudence and cautiousness.
I had studied to a great extent the writings, parables and allegories of various writers and I had used great
efforts to understand their enigmas, many of which were evidently the inventions of their own fancy; but I found at
last that all their prescribed methods for the preparation of the Philosopher’s Stone were nothing but fables. All their
purifications, sublimations, distillations, rectifications, and coagulations, together with their stoves and retorts, crucibles, pots,
sand and water baths, etc., were entirely useless and worthless for my purpose, and I began to realize the wisdom of
Theophrastus Paracelsus, who said in regard to that stone, that it is a great mistake to seek for it in material and
external things, and that the people who do so are very foolish, because instead of following Nature, tbey follow their
own brains, which do not know what Nature requires.
Nature in her nobility does not require any artificial methods to produce what she desires. She produces every-
thing out of her own substance, and in that substance we must seek for her. He who deserves her will find her hidden
there. But not every one is able to read the book of Nature and this is a truth which I found out by my own experi-
ence; for although the true substance for the preparation of the Philosopher’s Stone was in my own possession for over five
years; nevertheless it was only in the sixth year that I received the key to the mystery by a secret revelation from
God. To open the secrets of Nature a key is required. This key was in the possession of the ancient patriarchs,
prophets, and Adepts, but they always kept it hidden away, so that none but the worthy shou1d come into its posses-
sion; for if the foolish or evil-disposed were to know the mysteries of nature, a great deal of evil would be the result.
In the following description I have revealed as much of these mysteries as I am permitted to reveal, and I have
been strongly forbidden to speak more explicitly and plainly. Those who read these pages merely with their external
understanding will obtain very little valuable infonnation: but to those who read them by the light of the true faith, shin-
ing from the ever-burning fires upon the altars erected in the sanctuary of their own hearts, the meaning will be plain.
They will obtain sweet fruits, and become and remain forever true brothers of the Golden and Rosy Cross, and members
of our inseparable fraternity.
But to those who desire to know my name, and who might charge me with being too much reserved if I do not
reveal it, I will describe it as follows, so that they will have no cause to complain: The nunber of my name is
M.DCXII, and in this number the whole of my name is fully inscribed into the book of Nature by eleven dead and
seven living ones. Moreover, the fifth letter is tbe fifth part of the eighth and the fifteenth the fifth part of the twelfth.
Let this be sufficient for your purpose.
MONTE ABIEGNO, March 25, 1625.

*
I sought and found; I purified (it) often
I mixed (it) and caused (it) to mature.
The golden tincture was the result; it ii called the centre of nature
The origin of all thought, and of all the books of men and various figures.
I now acknowledge freely, it is a panacea
For all the metals, the weak ones (in the constitution of man),
And a point which originated from God.
INTRODUCTION.
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Fig. II.
FIGURE II. represents the Prima Materia, or primordial matter, the foundation of all things, and from which all things are born. It is the dual principle
of nature, its parents are the Sun and the Moon; it produces water and wine, gold and silver, by the blessing of God. If you torture the Eagle,
the Lion will become feeble. The “Eagle’s tears” and the “red blood of the Lion” must meet and mingle. The Eagle and the Lion bathe,
eat and love each other. They will become like the Salamander, and become constant in the fire.

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T HERE have been among many nations, and at various times, certain people who were illuminated
by the Spirit of Wisdom, and who wrote books in which they described the result of their
knowledge in such a manner that those who earnestly loved the truth for its own sake might be enabled
to find it by following their directions. Some of these illuminated people were Egyptians or Chaldeans;
others, Greeks, Arabs, Italians, Frenchmen, Englishmen, Hollanders, Spaniards, Germans, Hungarians,
Jews, etc., living in widely separated places, and speaking different languages: but nevertheless their
writings describe the same process with such a unanimous accord and harmony that the true philosopher
may easily recognize the fact of its being the work of only one spirit. speaking through various instru-
ments, with various tongues, and at various times. This harmony exists in all the writings of the sages;
but in the books of the wordly-wise we find a great deal of disharmony; for the latter, instead
of following the voice of universal truth, which is only one, follow the vagaries of their own brains.
which are many, and. therefore their opinions disagree and their writings are full of errors.
The writings of the sages differ only in regard to the form in which the truth is expressed, but
they all agree in the essential points. They all say that there is only one substance, of which the
Philosopher’s Stone is made. and that in this substance is contained everything necessary for its produc-
tion. This substance is a spiritual and living one, and all agree, that if you attempt to perform the
work with any other substance containing no spirit or life, you will not succeed in your work. Renounce
all complexity. Nature is satisfied with only one thing, and he who does not know that thing, cannot
command the powers of Nature. This substance is universally distributed everywhere and may be
obtained with little expense. It can be found everywhere; every one sees, feels, and loves it and yet
there are only few who know it. Tleophrastus Paracelsus calls it the Tinctura Physicorum or the
Red Lion; Hermes Trismegistus calls it Mercury, solidified in its interior; in the Tubra it is called
the ore; in the “Rosarium Philosophorum” it is called Salt. It has as many names as there are objects
in tbe world, and yet it is only known to few. Of this substance may be prepared a spirit as red as
6 THE SECRET SYMBOLS OF THE ROSICRUCIANS.

blood, and another one white as snow, and in these two is hidden a third one, the mystery, which is to
be revealed by the art. Those who do not know how to begin the alchemical work are yet far from
having attained the true knowledge. Those who labor with dead materials will obtain nothing which
lives.
Our substance, or Rebis, consists of two things, Spirit and Matter; but the two are only one, and
they produce a. third, which is the Universal Panacea, purifying all things, the Tincture, which trans-
mutes base metals into gold. Our Elixir is therefore one thing, made of two; but the two are one.
The water is added to the body and dissolves the latter into a spirit, and thus the water and body
produce a solution. Some philosophers describe the Philosopher’s Stone as being the true Spiritus Mer-
curii with the Anima Sulpnuris and the Spiritual Salt made into one thing, prepared under one heaven,
living in one body; the Dragon and the Eagle; others call it a preparation made of spirit, hody, and
soul, and they say that the spirit does not combine with the body except by means of the soul, which
connects both together, and yet the three are essentially one.
The omnipotent Creator, whose wisdom extends as far as his (its) own substance, created in the
beginning, when nothing but himself existed, two classes of things, the heavenly and the terrestrial.
The heavenly things are the interior world, with all its inhabitants; the terrestrial things are the exter-
nal ones, and have been formed of the four elements. The latter consist of three classes; namely, Ani-
malia, Vegetabilia, and Mineralia, and they are distinct from each other; so that, for instance, the
animal kingdom does not produce trees, nor the vegetable kingdom monkeys, etc. But each being has
its own peculiar seed by which its own species may be propagated, but no other species is produced by
them; the species, however, may be improved, purified, and ennobled to a certain extent, and by appro-
priate means, as every one knows.
Nature is a great alchemical laboratory in which a continual purification and sublimation to a
higher standard takes place. The primordial matter from which all the various metals have grown, is
originally only one, and contains within itself a Sulphur1 which, acting under various conditions, pro-
duced in the course of ages a variety of forms, differing in their exterior qualities, but being essentially
only one. Thus a portion of this matter, going through a certain process of evolution, assumed the
attributes of iron, and is called Iron; another one became Lead, etc.
Our Philosophical stone is of a mineral nature, and it is therefore useless to attempt to prepare it
from animal or vegetable substances. Nothing can be extracted from a thing utiless it is contained
therein. Those, therefore, who pretend to be able to make it of such substances are impostors. More-
over, our stone is incombustible, and all animal and vegetable substances are combustible; they will be
destroyed in the fire, and nothing remains but smoke and ashes, which are useless for our purpose.
Neither can it be made of any imperfect metal or mineral, nor of ordinary Mercury, Sulphur, or Salt,
for all these things are destructible in their form.
If you wish to see a thing grow, you must look for its seed. A horse is born from a mare, a
plant grows by means of the root, and a fire grows out of a spark. If you desire to make gold or silver,
you must be in possession of gold and silver; but it must be pure and natural, such as cannot be
grasped with the hands. Take such pure spiritual gold and sow it into the while, lamellated earth,
made by a fiery calcination. Cultivate it, and it will grow and bring fruit.
The philosophical gold used by the Alchemist is not the common gross material gold, although the
latter may be extracted from the former. The gold which he uses is a white and red, true, fixed, and
living tincture. He uses living gold and living silver; but the ordinary go1d and silver are dead and
remain dead, no matter to what chemical process they may be subjected. Therefore do not take the
dead gold and silver, bu take ours, which live.
The beginning of the great work is to dissolve the Philosopher’s Stone in the water. It is the
unification of spirit and body, by which a mercurial water is produced. It is a very difficult work, as
will be testified to by all who have attempted to perform it; but to him who knows how to prepare
this solution, the rest of the mystery will become plain. The solution requires a permanent association
of the male and the female elements, from which union a new form may grow.
Let the disciple ponder about the attributes of this water: for the knowledge of the menstruum in
which the stone is dissolved is the principal condition, without which nothing can be accomplished in
this art. It is the great mystery which the sages will not reveal, and which no one is permitted to
1
A power.
INTRODUCTION. 7
tell. The first part of the work is the solution, and consists in a moistening of the body, so that it may
again be dissolved in the substance of the Mercury, and the saltness of the Sulphur be diminished
thereby. This Sulphur is attracted away from two other sulphurs when the spirit meets the body. The
second part is the regeneration of the body in the water which is called Mercury. There are three
Mercuries, the knowledge of which is the key to this science, and without this knowledge nothing will be
accomplished in this art. Two of these Mercuries do not belong to the true attributes of the body; the
third one is the essential Mercury of the Sun and the Moon. The Mercury contained in the other
metals is the noblest material for the preparation of the Philosopher’s Stone.
Our go1d and silver are not seen in the rays of the Sun and Moon, but their presence is known
by their effects. Our stone is the shining substance coming from the Sun and the Moon, by which the
Earth receives its illumination. No impure matter is added except one, which is the Green Lion, and
which is used to bind together the two tinctures existing between the Sun and the Moon, and to bring
them into perfection.
The above remarks will be sufficient for tbe instruction of the true disciple; but if you do not
understand them then your mind is not yet ripe to know the substance of which the Philosopher’s
Stone is prepared; and you must wait until you arrive at that state by meditation and prayer. I will,
however, tell you that the first part of our work is the reduction of the body into its primordial sub-
stance; the second is the perfect solution of body and spirit together. The solvent and that which is
dissolved remain together, and as the body dissolves, the spirit coagulates.
Thus the whole secret is now revealed to you. If you comprehend it, you will see that it is not at
all difficult, but a work for women and a play for children, on account of the little amount of labor
connected with it. He who knows, the beginning knows the end, and his glorified body will behold all
the eternal splendor of God, when the illusions of life will vanish before his eyes, being swallowed up
in their own insignificance. Follow the teachings contained in the following parable, and the spirit of
wisdom will descend upon you and fill you. To arrive at this exalted state we wish to you and to
all of us the blessing of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost in all eternity. Amen.
PARABLE.
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O NCE upon a day I took a walk in a beautiful forest of young and green trees, and began to medi-
tate about the troubles of life, and I remembered how we all became exposed to so much sorrow
and misery in consequence of the deep fall of our first parents. I began to weep bitterly. Thus I
went on, paying no attention to the place in which I was, and I happened to walk away from the com-
mon road. After a while I discovered that I was walking upon a rough and narrow path, all overgrown
with weeds, bushes, and shrubs, and I saw that it was a path very seldom used. I attempted to turn
back to the main road, but it was impossible to do so; because there was such a strong wiild blowing
from that direction, that it would have been easier for me to make ten steps forward than one backwards.
I therefore made up my mind not to care about the roughness of the road, but to go ahead. I fol-
lowed that path to a considerable extent, and arrived at last upon a beautiful plain in the form of a
circle and grown all over with trees bearing delicious fruits. The inhabitants of that place called it
Pratum felicitatis. They were all old and venerable-looking men, with long gray beards; all except
one, who was quite young, and whose beard was black and pointed; and then there was another and
still younger one, whose name 1 knew, but I could not see his face at that time. They discussed
numerous things, and especially a certain great and deep mystery contained in nature, and of which
they affirmed that God was keeping it hidden from all the world and revealed it only to those few who
loved him very much.
I listened to them for a long time and was very much pleased with what they said, but it seemed
to me that the opinions of some of them respecting—not the materia or the work,—but merely cer-
tain forms and allegories, deviated from the ordinary established rules of belief, and that they followed
certain methods discovered by Aristoteles, Plinius, and others, and which one copied from the other. I
then could no longer restrain myself, but joined in the conversation and refuted their worthless argu-
ments by explaining the results of my own experience. They listened to me very attentively and made
me pass through a severe examination; but the foundation of my doctrine was so strong that they
could not contradict me. They seemed to be highly astonished and pleased, and unanimously resolved
to receive me into their collegium, whereat I was exceedingly glad.
But they told me that I could not enter into full fellowship in their society until I was perfectly
well acquainted with all the qualities of a certain lion,1 which they had in their possession, and knew
exactly his exterior and interior attributes and capabilities. Possessing a great deal of confidence in
myself, I promised to try my best to attain that knowledge; for I was so much pleased with their society
that I would not have under any circumstances permitted myself to be separated from them.
They accompanied me to the lion and described him to me very exactly, but none of them con-
sented to tell me how to manage him at first. Some of them threw out a few hints about that subject,
but they were so dark and uncertain that not one man in a thousand would have been able to understand
them. They said, however, that if I would only chain the lion and protect myself against his sharp
claws and pointed teeth, then they wou1d explain to me everything. The lion was old, ferocious, and
nig; his yellow, shaggy mane hung in confused clusters around his neck; he seemed to be invincible,
and so ferocious were his looks that I was at first frightened at my own audacity; but 1 took courage
for I was ashamed to break my promise, and furthermore these old men stood around, waiting to see
1
The individual will, or personal desire, diverging from the universal will. Man’s individual reason is merely a reflex of eternal
reason in the individual mind of man; where it usually becomes perverted and tinctured by the desires which exist in the lower (animal)
principle. It will then become a strong power, which it is necessary to subdue, before the image of divine reason can be recognized
in its original purity.
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what I was going to do, and they would have undoubtedly prevented me, if I bad attempted to run
away. I therefore stepped boldly into tbe ditch where the lion was kept, and went up to him and
attempted to caress him; but he gave me such a ferocious look witb his luminous eyes that I became
terrified. Nevertheless, remembering that I heard one of the men say that a great many people attempted
to subdue the lion and very few succeeded, I did not want to be brought into disgrace, and I thought of
a certain trick which I had learned in studying the athleletic art,2 and being, moreover, well versed in
natural magic,3 I ceased my caresses and attacked the lion with such boldness and subtility that I suc-
ceeded in taking the blood out of his body and even out of his heart, before he became aware of it. I
continued my investigations, and found in his body many things which astonished me. His bones were
as white as snow, and their quantity was greater than that of his blood.
When the good old men standing around the ditch perceived what I had done, they began to dis-
pute vehemently among themselves. I observed their gesticulations, but I could not understand their
words, for I was too far down in that ditch. However, as they became very boisterous, I heard one
of them say: “He must cause that lion to live again, else he cannot become one of us.”4 I wanted to
act as unceremoniously as possible, so I got out of the ditch, and found myself suddenly upon a big
wall, without knowing how I got there. The height of that wall was over a hundred yards, reaching
upwards towards the clouds; but on the top it was not more than a foot wide, and there was from the
beginning to the end an iron railing, well attached, with many pillars and posts, to the midst of the
wall. I say I got upon this wall, and it seemed to me as if some one were walking a few steps ahead
of me upon the right side of that railing.
After having followed him for a while, I furthermore perceived that another one was walking behind
me on the other side. I do not know whether it was a man or a woman; however, I heard that person
call to me, saying that it was easier to walk upon the other side, and I readily believed it; because
on account of the narrowness of the road and the multitude of posts and handles which obstructed it,
it was very difficult to walk at such a height, and I noticed how several people who attempted to walk
behind me, fell down. I therefore grasped the iron railing firmly with both hands and swung myself upon
the other side, and continued to walk until I came to a part of the waIl which was very steep and
dangerous. Then I felt sorry that I had not remained on the other side; but I could neither cross
over to that other side, nor was it possible to return. I therefore took courage, trusted the strength
of my feet, clung to the railing, and got safely down from the wall. Having progressed somewhat
farther, I forgot all the danger through which I had passed; the wall and the railing passed out of my
sight, and I knew not what had become of them.
I arrived at a beautiful rose-bush, on which there were some white and red roses growing. I took
some of them and put them upon my hat. I then noticed a wall which encircled a large garden, and
in the latter there were some young men. Some virgins belonging to those, young men, and who were
on the outside of the garden. were very anxious to go to them; but they did not want to walk all
around the wall, neither did they wish to exert themselves a great deal to arrive at the gate. I felt
pity for them, and hastened back in the direction from which I had come, but now upon a level road,
and I hurried so fast that I soon arrived at a place where I saw several houses, one of which I sup-
posed to be the gardener’s cottage. There I found a great number of people, each of whom had his
own chamber. They seemed to be slow people; but two of them worked together very diligently, each
of them having his own separate work. It also seemed to me that the work which they performed had
been heretofore performed by myself, and that I was therefore well acquainted with it . I now saw that
all their labor was filthy and nasty, unreal and fanciful to the extent of each one’s peculiarities of edu-
cation, but having no foundation in nature; and knowing that all their labor was only like smoke
which passes away, I did not want to stop with them any longert,but continued my way.
As I walked towards the gate of the garden, some of those people looked at me in a threatening
manner, as if they were going to prevent me from entering, while others ridiculed my intention, and
said: “See! he wants to get into that garden. We have been here very many years, doing service to
the gardener, and we have never succeeded in entering. We will laugh at him to see his disappoint-
2 3
The art of self-control. Faith.
4
After the self-will has been killed, it must be made alive again; but now, not in opposition to, but in harmony with, the uni-
versal will. It is useless to be merely passively good and to have no will at all. To become a useful member of societiy, he must
become a co-operator with good.
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ment.” However, I paid no attention to their threats, because I knew more about that garden than
they did, although I had never been inside, and I went straight up to the gate which was firmly closed,
and in which, with ordinary eyes, there was not even a keyhole to be seen; but I knew intuitively rhat
there the gate could be opened. I therefore applied a small pick-lock5 which I had brought with me,
opened the gate, and entered. I then encountered some more closed doors, but I opened them easily and
without any great effort. I now found myself to be in a passage, such as may be seen in a well-
constructed house. It was about six feet wide and twenty feet long, with a ceiling overhead, and altbough
the other doors were still closed, I could, neverthe1ess,—after the first door was open,—look through
them into the garden, seeing sufficiently dearly to observe all I desired to see.
In the name of God I walked on in that garden, and after a while I arrived at a little square,
each side being about six rods long. It was surrounded by rose-bushes, and the roses therein were
very beautiful. There was some rain falling, and the sun shone very bright, and a beautiful rainbow
appeared. I was about to turn away from there and to go toward the place where I had seen the vir-
gins to whom I desired to offer my assistance, when I saw that the wall had entirely disappeared, and in
its place there was only a low fence of twisted twigs, and near that rose-garden I saw the most
beautiful virgin, dressed entirely in white satin, with a most noble-looking youth, clothed in scarlet.
Their arms were interlocked, and they were carrying fragrant roses in their hands. 1 went up to them
and asked how they had managed to get across that fencer and the lady answered: “This, my dearly
beloved bridegroom, assisted me in getting over it, and now we will leave the garden and enter our
chamber to atfend to the duties which our friendship imposes upon us.” I said: “I am glad that You
are obtaining Your wish without troubling myself any further. Nevertheless You will see that I was
anxious to serve You and have walked a long way in a very short time to accomplish that purpose.”
I then went on and arrived at a mill, the inside of whith was built of stones. There were no
meal-boxes, nor any implements for grinding, but through the wall I could see several water-wheels turn-
ing in the water. I asked an old miller how the grinding was performed, and be told me that the
mill-works were at the other side. At the same time I saw a miller’s man walking across the bridge
and enter the mill. Following him, I was struck with astonishment, for now the wheels which formerly
were to the left of the bridge, were now above it; the water which formerly appeared to be white, was
now as black as coal; and the bridge itself seemed merely three fingers wide. Nevertheless I dared to
return; I held on to some pieces of wood which were above the bridge, and I got safely across without
getting wet. I then asked the old miller how many water-wheels he had, and he answered, ten. This
adventure caused me to reflect, and I was anxious to know its significance; but when I found that the
old miller was not inclined to satisfy my curiosity, I went away.
Not far from that place there was a high hill paved with stones, and upon that hill there were
some of the above-mentioned old men promenading in the warm sunshine. They had written a letter
to the Sun, signed by the who1e faculty of their college, and they were consulting each other about it.
I noticed that the contents of that letter were referring to me. I therefore stepped up to them and
asked them what they meant. They said: “We mean that You must keep the woman whom You have
recently taken as Your lawful wife; but if You refuse to do so, we shall be obliged to report Your
behavior to our sovereign.”
I answered: “You need not trouble Yourself about this business, for I love her as much as if I
had been born simultaneously with her. I have grown up with her, and having taken her, I shall keep
her, and nothing shall separate us, not even death itself. I love her passionately and with all my heart.”
They then continued: “If so, we shall have no cause for complaint. The bride is equally satisfied.
We have her consent; and You must now enter the bonds of matrimony.”
“Very well,” was my answer.
“Then,” said one of them, “the lion will begin to live again. and become stronger and more
powerful than before.”
I then remembered my previous 1abor and trouble; and somehow it seemed to me that what they
said did not concern me, but some other person well known to me. Just then I saw our bridegroom
and his bride again. They were dressed as before, and they approached. They were ready to get mar-
ried, and I was very glad about it; for I had been terribly afraid that the matter was concerning myself.

5
Knowledge.
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But when the bridegroom, in his shining scarlet-colored clothes, and the bride, in her white satin dress
which sent out rays in all directions, came up to these old men, they married them immediately. and I
was very much astonished to see that the virgin, although she was said to be the mother of her bride-
groom, was still so young that it seemed as if she had just now been born.
I do not know what wicked sin they had committed, except that being brother and sister to each
othert they were he1d together by such an ardent love that it was impossible to separate them, and they
might perhaps have been accused of incest. However that may be instead of being put upon the con-
nubial couch, they were sentenced to be put into perpetual prison, there to weep forever, to repent of
and to atone for their past misdemeanors. But in consideration of their high birth and noble estate, a
prison was selected for them which was perfect1y clear and transparent like a crystal globe; and this,
moreover, served the purpose of exposing them to the public sight, so that in the future they might not
be able to do anything whatever in secret. but that all their actions and omissions might be immediate1y
known to the guard who was watching. Before being put into that prison they were stripped of all their
clothing, and jewels, and the ornaments they had worn, and they were then forced to cohabit in that
chamber in a state of entire nudity. Nor was anyone permitted to enter their prison to serve them,
but after having been provided with the necessary food and with some water taken from the above-
described mill-pond, the door of their prison was firmly closed and bolted, and the seal of the faculty
was put upon the lock; and they ordered me to watch them and to warm their prison, because the
winter was approaching. I was ordered to take proper care that they would neither bum nor freeze,
and that they could not escape or tun away; and I was furthermore informed that if I should neglect
my duty, and if damage should be caused thereby, I would be severely punished for it. I felt very
uneasy about that affair, and my heart began to sink, for I knew that the duty imposed upon me was
of no little importance; and I was also well aware that the Collegium Sapientiæ was not in the habit of
vainly boasting, but that in case of any dereliction of duty on my part, they would certainly execute
their threats. However, I could not change this matter, and, moreover, the prison was situated in the
interior of a strong tower and surrounded by high breastworks and walls, and it was possible to
warm the chamber by means of a moderate but continual fire. I undertook the task, and began in the
name of God to warm the chamber, to proteet that imprisoned couple against the cold, and lo! very
soon a very strange occurrence took place; for as soon as my prisoners began to feel the least degree
of the heat, they embraced each other with such a passion that the like of it was never seen before,
and they remained in that state until the heart of the bridegroom melted away in the heat of his fer-
vor, and his whole body dissolved in the embrace of his beautiful bride, and fell to pieces. But when
the fair bride. whose love to him was not less than his love to her, saw what happened, she began to
weep, and she shed so many tears that she—so to say—buried him in those tears, and they flooded
the chamber to such an extent that the body of her lover was entirely submerged thereby, and could
be seen no more. For a short time she went on weeping in that manner, and her sorrow was so great
that she resolved not to live any longert and thereupon she immediately and voluntarily died. O, how
great was my grief and affliction to see those whose welfare had been entrusted to my care—so to say
—dissolved and dead before my eyes! I expected my certain perdition, and what I dreaded the most,
—and more than the punishment which I expected,—was the ridicule and ignominy, of which I was
sure that it would be my lot.
For several days I thought and worried about this matter, and studied how to remedy this misfor-
tune, and at last I remembered how Medea restored the dead body of Æson to life, and it occurred to
me that as she had been able to accomplish that feat, it might perhaps not be beyond my own power to
do likewise. I then meditated about the manner in which I would perform tbat experiment, and I
made up my mind to continue to appJy a moderate heat until the water would have evapoated, in
which case I expected to see again the corpses of our lovers, and thus I hoped to escape from all peril
and to obtain profit and praise. I therefore continued to apply heat in the same way as before, for
forty consecutive days, when I noticed that the quantity of water iri the chamber was gradually decreas-
ing, and the two corpses, which in the meantime had become black as coal, were again visible.
This would have happened sooner if the chamber had been less firmly dosed and sealed; but I
was not permitted to open the door. I perceived that the water rose and the vapors went up to the
clouds; but it fell down again from the ceiling above and could not escape, and this continued until
the corpses of our bridegroom and his beloved bride were lying before my eyes in a putrid and rotten
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state; emitting an exceedingly bad odor. In tbe meantime the bright sunshine acting upon the moist
atmosphere within the chamber produced a very beautiful rainbow with splendid colors, the sight of
whIch made my heart glad. But what pleased me most was the circumstance that I could see the
bodies of the two lovers again.
Still, there is no happiness unalloyed with sorrow, and thus my joy was not without grief; for the
two lovers were dead, and no life could be perceived in their bodies. I knew, however, that their prison
was made of such solid material, and so firmly closed, that their souls and spirit could not escape from
it, and I therefore continued my labor without interruption, day and night, imagining that the two
would not return to their bodies so long as there was any moisture present. Such really was the case,
for I observed that towards evening a great many vapors rose from the Earth, which were produced by
the sun in the same manner as the sun attracts vapors from the ocean. Those vapors coagulated dur-
ing the night-time and formed a beautiful and fructifying dew, which fell down early in the morning and
moistened the earth. and bathed the two corpses, so that the latter in the course of time, and from day
to day, became more beautiful and white. Their beauty and whiteness increased in proportion as the
amount of the moisture became less, until at last, when the air had become clear and beautiful, and all
the vapors and dampness had disappeared, the spirit and soul. of the bride could not remain any longer
in the clear and thin atmosphere; but they entered into the clarified and now glorified body of the queen,
who soon felt their presence and immediately began to live again. You may believe me when I tell
you that I rejoiced exceedingly about it; especial1y as I saw that she was wearing such a beautiful
dress, such as has never before been seen upon the earth, and she had upon her head a costly crown
made of pure diamonds. I saw her rise up, and I heard her say: “Listen, O ye mortals, and know
all ye who have been born of woman, that the SUPREME has the power to appoint kings and to dismiss
them. He makes men rich or poor, according to his will, he kills and causes to live again. Behold
in me a true and living example of his power. I was great, and I became small. Having been humili-
ated, I became exalted and a queen over many kingdoms; having been killed, I was made alive again.
Poor as I am, the great treasures of ihe wise and powerful are entrusted to my keeping. Therefore
power was given to me to render tlte poor rich, to give meycy to the humble and health to the sick;
but in spite of all my power I am not so great as my beloved brother, the great and mighty king,
who will be resurrected from the dead.”
When the queen ceased to speak, the sun began to shine very bright, the day was warmer than
before, and the dog-days were approaching. Long before that time many beautiful and costly dresses
were prepared as wedding gifts for our new queen. They were made of black velvet, ash-colored
damask, gray silk, silver-teffeta, snow-white satin, and one which was above all others exceedingly beau-
tiful, and made out of silver-cloth, embroidered with costly pearls and splendidly shining diamonds.
Now they made for the young king likewiset various coats of incarnate and yellow, of costly stuffs,
and finally a red velvet suit embroidered, and provided with a great number of precious rubies. and car-
buncles. But the tailors who made these clothes were entirely invisible, and I was yery much aston-
ished to see how one dress after another was finished. well knowing that nobody but the groom and
his bride had entered that chamber; but what surprised me above all was to see that whenever a new
suit of clothes or a new dress was finished, the one which had been made previously disappeared, and
nobody knew what became of it.
When the last costly coat was finished, the great mighty king appeared in all his incomparable
splendor and glory, and when he saw that he was imprisoned he spoke very sweetly and courteously,
and asked me to open the door and to permit him to come out, saying that great benefit would there-
from result to me. My order was, not to open the door under any circumstances; but the majesty of
the king, and the eloquence of his speech, were so great that I opened the door without hesitation. As
he stepped out of the chamber he acted with such kindness, amiability, and modesty, that it became
evident to me that persons of high standing can have no better ornaments than those virtues. Having
been exposed to the heat of the dog-days, he was very thirsty, faint, and tired, and he ordered me to go
and fetch him some of the quick-running water from under the wheels of the mill. I did as requested,
and having very eagerly drunk the water, he entered the chamber again and ordered me to close the
door firmly, so that no one could disturb him, or awaken him from his slumber.
There he rested for a few days, and then asked me to open the door. It then seemed to me that
he had become still more beautiful and glorious, and his blood richer. He himself became aware of
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this, and attributing it to the effect of the water, he asked for more and having obtained it, he drank a
great deal more than before, so that it final1y became necessary to make his chamber much larger.
After the king had drunk as much as he wanted of this precious fluid, which the ignorant considers to
be worthless, he became so beautiful and glorious that I never in ail my life saw a more beautiful
person, nor any more beautiful actions. He then took me into his kingdom and showed me all the
treasures and riches of the world; proving to me thereby that not only did the queen speak the truth,
but that there is a great deal more truth still to be described by those who know him. There was no
end of gold and carbuncles; of rejuvenating and reconstructing powers, of restitution of health and
destruction of disease. But the best and most precious of all was that the people of that country
knew their creator. They loved and respected him, and obtained from him wisdom and understanding,
and finally, after this temporal splendor, eternal happiness; for the attainment of which we ask the
blessing of God the Father, the Son, and the Ho1y Spirit. Amen!
ALLEGORY. 1

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I WAS meditating about the wonderful works of the Most High, of the mysteries of Nature, and of
the fiery and ardent Love of Humanity, and I thought of the wheat-harvest, when Ruben the son
of Leæ found upon the field the Dùdaim that was given by Lea to Rachel2 as a reward for having
cohabited with the patriarch Jacob. My thoughts were very deep, and extended to Moses who took the
solar calf which Aaron had manufactured, and rendered it potable by burning it with fire, crushing it
into powder, and sprinkling it upon the water, which he gave to the children of Israel to drink.3 I was
wrapt in astonishment, and as I grasped the truth, my eyes were opened like those of the disciples at
Emaus, who recognized the Lord by the manner in which he broke the bread. My heart was burning
within my breast, and I laid down to meditate further and fell asleep, when lo! the King Sol-Om-On4
appeared to me in my dream with all his glory, riches, and power. He was accompanied by his wives5 and
concubines,6 and there were sixty queens, eighty concubines, and the number of virgins7 was beyond
description. But one was his darling, his dove, the most beautiful and sweetest of all for his heart.
They were going in a long procession, as it is the custom among the Roman Catholics, and in the line
the Centre was highly venerated and loved, and the name of the Centre8 was like an ointment that has
been poured out, and whose fragrance surpassed in sweetness all the spices of the East, and its fiery
spirit was a key for the door of the Temple, and its possessor could enter the Sanctuary and grasp the
horns at the altar.
After the procession was over, Solomon showed me the Only Centrum in Trigono Centri. He
opeened my understanding, and I became aware that behind me stood a naked woman, having a bleeding
wound in her breast, from which blood and water were running, and her loins were touching each other
like two spangles made by the hands of a Master. Her navel was like a round goblets, always full of
a delicious drink; her belly was like two young twin does, her neck like an ivory tower, her eyes like
the deep wells at Hessbon near the door Bathrabbin, her nose like a tower upon Lebanon looking towards
Damascus. Upon her neck stood her head like the Mount Carmel, and her hair was tied into plaits,
falling over her shoulders like the purple cloak of a king.
But the clothes9 she had stripped off were lying at her feet; they were disgusting, filthy, and
poisonous. and she began to say “I have stripped off my clothes; how could I be contented to wear
them again? I have washed my feet; why should I contaminate them now? The guardians10 that go
about in the town have found me; they have beaten me sore and have taken away my veil.”
When I heard these words I was terrified by fear and by my own ignorance, and I fell down upon
the earth. Solomon then bade me arise and said: “Do not fear. What thou beholdest is Nature
uncovered and the greatest mystery that exists below heaven and upon the earth. She is as beautiful
as Tirce, lovely like Jerusalem, terrible as a forest of spears, and yet a pure and immaculate vigin, out
of which Adam was born. Sealed and closed is the hidden entrance to her hut, for she dwells in the
garden and sleeps in the double caves of Abraham upon the acre Ephron. and her palace is deep down
in the Red Sea, in the crystal grottos and transparent clefts. She is born from the air and has been
brought up by the fire. She is a queen of the country; milk and honey are in her breast, her lips are
1
This allegory contains the fundamental truths of Occultism and Theosophy, and a voume might be written to explain fully its manifold
signification. To do so would destroy the original purpose for which it was written; namely, to stimulate self-thought and independent research.
2
These biblical names have nothing to do with historical persons, but refer to occult powers in the universe.
3
The water (of truth) was too ethereal to be swallowed (and assimilated) by the “Children of Israel” withou an addition of “Matter.”
4 5 6 7
The three names of the (spiritual) Sun. Arts. Sciences. Yet undiscovered secrets of Nature.
8 9
The Void, in which alone Spirit can begin to act. The external forms.
10
The priests and scientists who cling to illusions, the “legally appointed” keepers of the (supposed) truth.
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dripping sweets, sugar and milk is in her mouth and under her tongue, her clothes are to the wise
like odors wafted from Lebanon, but to the ignorant they are an abomination. Rouse thyself, look around,
behold all these females, and see whether you can find a single one who can be compared to her.”
As be spoke these words he gave a sign, and forthwith all the females present were forced to strip
themselves11 naked I began my search; but I was unable to decide in favor of any one, for my eyes
were kept captive, and I could not tell which one was the most charming.
When Solomon observed my weakness he separated all the other females from that naked woman,
and said: “Thy thoughts are vain, thy intellect is burnt by the Sun,12 thy memory is like a black cloud,
and therefore thou art not able to decide correctly; but if thou wilt not forfeit thy prospect and trifle
away thy opportunity, the bloody sweat and the snow-white tears of this naked virgin may refresh thy
heart, restore thy intellect, and purify thy memory, so that thy eyes may see the Magnalia of the Most
High, the height of the uppermost and the depth of the lowest. The foundation of nature :and the
power and action of all the elements will be plain to thee, thy intellect will be of silver and thy memory
of gold; jewels of all colors13 will appear before thy eyes, and thou wilt know how they were born.
Thou wilt then be able to separate the good from the evil, the rams from the sheep. Thy life will be
rest, but the noise of the jingles of Aaron will awaken thee from thy sleep, and the sound of the harp
of my father David will stir thee up from thy slumber.
This speech of Solomon frightened me still more, and I was exceedingly terrified; not only on account
of his heart-rending words, but moreover on account of the exceeding beauty and loveliness of that
royal woman. The king took me by the hand and led me through a wine cellar into a secret but very
magnificent hall, in which he refreshed me with flowers and gave me apples to eat; and the windows
of that apartment were made of clear crystals, through which I looked. Solomon then asked me what
I saw, and I answered; “I see the same room in which I was a little while ago, and from which I
came to this place, and I see all thy royal women to the left and the naked virgin to the right.
Her eyes are redder than wine, her teeth whiter than milk, but the clothes lying at her feet are filthier,
blacker, and more disgusting than the creek Kedron.”
“Select one of these females for thy sweetheart,” said Solomon. “I esteem them and my virgin
equally. I am much delighted with the loveliness of my ladies, and I am not afraid of their dirty
cIothes.”—And Solomon turned around, and began to converse with one of his queens.
There was among the ladies an old governess whose age must have been over a hundred years.
She wore a gray dress upon her body, and a hlack cap upon her head. The former was beset with
snow-white pearls and lined on the inside with red taffety, and embroidered very artfully with blue and
yellow silk. Her cloak was of various Turkish colors and ornamented with elevated Indian figures.
This old lady gave me secretly a sign, took me aside, and swore to me that she was the mother of
the naked woman; that the latter was a chaste, pure, and mysterious virgin, her own daughter, who
until then would never have suffered herself to be seen by any man; and although she had been prosti-
tuted often and among all nations, even in the open street, nevertheless no man had ever seen her naked
nor touched her, for she was the virgin of which the prophet said: “See! we have a secretly born son who
is different from the rest. See! A virgin has given birth to a child, a virgin who is called Apdorossa,
that means secretly, and who does not like to associate with others.”—“As this daughter is still unmar-
ried,” continued the old woman, “her dower and bridal ornaments are laid under her feet, on account of
the danger of war, so that they may not be taken away by marauding troops, and she be deprived of
her jewels.” She further said that I should not be frightened by the stench and the horrid condition
of her clothes, but that I should select her daughter above all others for my love and lust, and after-
wards she would give me a certain liquid with which I might clean these clothes. She promised me
that I should obtain a fluid salt and an incombustible oil which I might use in my household, and
would find it an inexhaustible treasure, and that her right hand would continually carress me, while her
left hand would be laid under my head.
I was about to declare categorically what I intended to do, when Solomon suddenly turned around,
gazed in my face, and said “I am the wisest upon the earth; beautiful and delightful is my woman,
and the splendor of my queens surpasses the gold of Ophir. The ornaments of my concubines overshadow

11 12
They were forced to submit to an investigation of their true merits. The judgement misled by desires.
13
The “jewels of all colours” represent certain spiritual states.
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the light of the sun, those of my virgins the moon. Heavenly are my ladies, inscrutable my wisdom,
unfathomable my intellect.” I was very much frightened, and bowed low down, and said: “Behold I
have found favor before thee because I am poor. Give me therefore this naked virgin, whom I have
selected among all for the continuation of my life. Her clothes are soiled and torn, but I will purify
them, and I will love her with all my heart, and she shall be my sister, my bride; because with one
of her eyes, and with one of the chains from her neck, she has taken away my heart and made me
passionate, so that I am sick for love.”—And forthwith Solomon gave her to me,14 and this act created
such a stir and tumult among the females15 that I awoke, and taking it all for a dream I meditated about
it until it was time to arise.
But when I arose, and after I had prayed, I saw the clothes of the naked virgin lying on the floor
by the side of my bed. She herself, however, was nowhere to be Seen, and I began to tremble with
fear. My hair stood erect upon my head, and a cold sweat commenced to cover my skin; but I strove
to take courage. I recalled the dream in my memory, but my mind was not able to understand the mean-
ing of what I had seen. I therefore did not take the trouble to examine the filthy clothes, neither did I
dare to take them away, but I left them undisturbed and moved my bed into another room. Moreover,
the stench that arose from these clothes was so strong that during my sleep my eyes had become poi-
soned and inflamed,16 and I was therefore unable to see the time of grace, neither could my understanding
realize the great wisdom of Solomon.
But after these clothes had been lying in my chamber for over five years, and as I did not think
that they ever could be of any use to me, I at last resolved to burn them, so as to get rid of their
presence, and to put them out of my way. I made up my mind to do this on the very next day; but in the
following night the. old woman again appeared to me, looked at me very scornfully, and said: “O
thou ungrateful wretch! Did I not for the last five years entrust to thee the clothes of my daughter,
together with her most precious jewels, and thou never didst attempt to cleanse them, neither didst thou
expose them to the sun, so that the moths and worms might be removed? And what is still worse,
and still more to be regretted, tbou even thinkest of throwing them into the fire! Is it not enough
that thou art the cause of my daughter’s death, and that she has perished through thee?”
When I heard these words I became very angry, and answered: “I do not understand what you
mean. Do you mean that I am a murderer? I never saw your daughter again, nor have I heard of
her for the past five years. How could I be the cause of her death?”
But the old woman would not listen to me, and said: “My words are true. You have sinned
against God, and therefore you could not obtain my daughter, neither could I give you the philosophical
fluid17 I promised to you, and with which you could have cleansed her clothes. Solomon gave you my
daughter voluntarily and willingly, but you detested her dress, and therefore the Planet Saturn,18 who
is her grandfather, became angry and changed her again into that which she was before she was born.
It is you who have made Saturn angry by your disrespect, and you are therefore the cause of her death,
putrefaction, and final decomposition; for she is the one of whom the Senior says: ‘Woe to me! Give
me a naked woman! My body was invisible and small, while I had never become a mother, until I
had been born a second time,19 and then I gave birth to the powers and virtues of all Ihe roots and herbs, and I
became v£ctorious in my essence,’ ” etc.
These and other heart-rending complaints fell from her lips, and they appeared to me very strange
and unjust. I attempted to suppress my anger as much as possible, but I could not keep from protesting
solemnly against her accusations. I told her that I knew absolutely nothing about her daughter, much
less of her death and putrefaction. I said that although I had kept her clothes in my room for over five
years, nevertheless I had never perceived that they could possibly be of any use, and that I was therefore
perfectly innocent before God and man..
My excuses seemed to please the old woman; she looked at me more kindly, and, said: “I see by
the sincerity of your manner that you are really innocent of any wilful crimet and your innocence shall
now be rewarded. I will therefore tell you honestly and in great secrecy, that in consideration of the
extraordinary love and affection which my daughter felt for you, she left among her laid-off clothes a
14
The truth will be given to him who seriously desires it.
15
The recognition of the truth is followed by an overthrow of intellectual errors and prejudices.
16
They had become almost blind to the truth , having been influenced by misconceptions and popular creeds.
17 18 19
Enlightened Reason. The Life-principles. Until I had become manifest in the soul.
18 THE SECRET SYMBOLS OF THE ROSICRUCIANS.

gray marbled casket for your inheritance. This casket is surrounded with a covering of rough, dirty,
and black cloth. Clean it of all the filth and evil odor which still adheres to it on account of its
contact with tbe clothes, and after it is well cleaned, you will require no key; for it will easily open,
and you will find in it the two following things: First, a silver case full of splendid and polished
diamonds which have been ground wifh lead; and second, a golden jewel adorned with rubies. This is
the whole amount of the relics of my deceased daughter, and all this she made over to you by her last
will and testament before she died, as your inheritance. Take that treasure, treat it according to the
rules taught by the Hermetic art, purify it secretly, but silently, and with great patience, and preserve
it in a warm, moist, vaporous. and transparent secret vau1t, where it will be protected agaihst cold,
wind, hail, lightning. thunder, and other injurious influences, until the time of the wheat-harvest artives,
when you will perceive its great and sublime splendor and rejoice in hs possession.”
While the old woman spoke she gave me a bottle containing the liquid lye. I then awoke and
prayed to God earnestly and ferventIy that he might open my understanding, so that I might find the
treasure-box which I had seen when it was pointed out to me in my dream. After I had finished my
prayer I began to search in the pile of old clothes and found the casket, but the cloth that surrounded
it was covered with a hard crust that had grown all around it, and which I vainly attempted to remove,
for it would neither be softened by the liquid lye, nor could it be scratched away with iron or steel,
and the cleansing fluid did not affect it at all. I finally lost my patience and left it alone, not knowing
what else I could do. I suspected that it was bewitched, and I remembered the saying of the prophet,
“If you were to clean it with lye, and to use a great deal of soap, still your vices would be only all
the more visible to me.”20
Again a year passed away in vain speculation. I frequently racked my brain in thinling how I
might remove that crust from the casket, but I could find no answer, One day, however, I took a walk
in my garden21 for the purpose of driving away my gloomy thoughts, and I sat down upon a square
stone, and fell asleep. My body slept, but my heart was awake.22 Then the old woman appeared to me
again and asked, “Did you obtain my daughter’s inheritance?” I felt very melancholy, and said:
“No. I have found the casket, but I cannot remove the crust, for tbe liquid which you gave me does
not appear to soften it.”
When the old woman heard me say such a foolish thing, she began to smile, and said: “Do you
expect to eat oysters and crawfishes without opening the shell? Is it not always necessary to have
them first prepared by Vulcan, the ancient and honored cook? I did not tell you to attempt to clean
the external crust that surrounds the box, but to purify the casket itself with the cleansing fluid I gave
to you, and which originated in that casket. Burn the crust away in the philosophical fire, and you will
succeed better in your work.”—She then gave me a few glowing coals tied up in white tinder, and
taught me how to kindle an artificial philosophical fire, to burn away the crust from the casket. I fol-
lowed her advice, and immediately there began to blow a wind from the North and a wind from the
South, and they both blew at the same time through the garden.
I awoke, and after rubbing my eyes I found the glowing coals wrapped up in white tinder lying
at my feet. I took them up in great haste and with great joy, and, praying often, called upon. the
Lord. I studied and practised day and night, and thought of the true and. excellent motto of the phil-
osopher, who said, “Ignis et Azoth tibi sufficiunt,”23 as truth which is also referred to by Esdra in his
fourth book, where he says, “He gave me a goblet full of fire, and his form was like fire; I grew and
wisdom grew in me.” And God gave me the fifth state of perception, and my spirit entered the eternal
memory. My mouth was opened and closed no more, and after the fortieth night was over, the two
hundred and four books were finished; seventy of them were written; for the most wise; they were
worthy to be read, and I wrote them upon a box-tree.
I worked silently and hopefully, according to the instructions that had been revealed to me by the
little old woman, until after a long time my intellect became of silver and my memory of gold, as it
had been predicted to me by the King Solomon; and after I had very carefully and prudently locked up
20
Vices cannot be eradicated unless they are removed by virtues. As long as evil inclinations exist, the results will be evil; but it the
will is changed, the desires and inclinations will change. Evil acts are only the outward expressions of evil desires, and the desire is more
permanent than the act.
21
In the interior mind.
22
My external senses and the perceptible faculties of the astral body were asleep, but the inner spiritual perceptions were awake.
23
The (spiritual) Fire and the Life-principle are sufficient to accomplish the work.
ALLEGORY. 19
the treasure-box and secured it according to the directions received, I found the splendid and glorious
lunar-diamonds and solar-rubies, all of which had originated from one casket and from one country, and
I heard the voice of Solomon, saying:—
“My friend is white and red, and elected among many thousand. His locks are curled, and black
as the wings of a raven. His eyes are like the eyes of doves washed with milk by the side of the river,
his cheeks are like gardens, filled with sanative herbs. His lips are like roses dripping with flowing
myrrh, his hands are like turquoises, his body is pure as ebony adorned with saphhires, his legs are
like marble pillars based upon golden feet. His stature is like that of the cedars of Lebaon, his breath
is sweet and delicious. Such is my friend! my friend! Hold fast to him, O you daughters of Jerusalem,
and do not lose him until you have taken him home into your mother’s house and brought him into
her chamber.”
When Solomon finished speaking, I did not know what to answer him, and therefore kept silent;
but I thought of opening the locked-up treasure again, so that I might enjoy peace and remain without
molestation. Just then, however, I heard another voice, which said:
“I conjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes upon the field, not to awaken my lady-love
until she herself chooses to awaken, because she is like a closed garden, a hidden spring, a sealed-up
fountain. She is the vineyard of Baalhamon, the garden of Engeddi, the mountain of myrrh and
incense, the bed, the arm-chair, the crown, the palm and apple tree, the flowers Saron, the sapphire,
the turquoise, the wall, the parapet, the well of living water, the princess and the love of Solomon in
voluptuousness. She is the best beloved of her mother and has been selected by her. Her head is cov-
ered with dew, and her locks with the rain that fell during the night.”
When I heard this speech and revelation I began to understand the purpose of the sages, and I
resolved to leave the hidden treasure untouched until, by the mercy of God, by the action of Nature’s
Nobility, and by the work of my hands, everything will be happily finished.
Shortly after this day, and on the day of the new moon, a solar eclipse24 took place, which produced
a terrible effect on all who beheld it. At first the sun appeared with dark green and somewhat mixed
colors, but at last he turned black as coal, and the heaven, as well as the earth, became dark. Then
the people were very much alarmed, but I was glad in my heart, and thought of the great mercy of
God and of the new birth, to which Christ’s fable of the kernel of wheat refers, and how the seed is
decomposed and absorbed by the germ that grows out of it. and- that lf this did not take place it could,
not grow and bear fruit. And an arm reached out through the clouds, and my body began to tremble,
for that arm held a letter in its hand. to which were attached four hanging seals, and in that letter was
written, “I am black, but I am Iovely, O you daughters of Jerusalem. I am like tlte houses of Kedar,
and like the carpets of Solomon. Do not despise me because I am black, for the sun has burned my face.”
But as soon as that which was fixed began to act in the fluid, a rainbow appeared, and I thought
of the covenant which the Supreme had made, and of the fidelity of my guide who had instructed me,
and the result was that by the assistance of the planets and fixed stars, the sun overcame the darkness,
and a bright day appeared over the mountains and valleys. Then all fear and terror was over, and all
who had lived to see that day were glad and rejoiced. They praised the Lord, and said: “The winter
is gone, the rain has disappeared, the flowers have come forth all over the country; the spring has
arrived, and the cry of the turtle-dove is heard in the forest. The fig-tree and the grape-vine have
sprouted and send out their fragrance. Therefore let us hasten and catch the foxes, the little foxes
which are despoiling our vineyard, so that we may gather ripe grapes, full of artificial wine, and
obtain milk and honey, and feast and be filled.”
And when the day was on the decline, and the evening appeared, the entire sky became colored, and
the constellation of the Seven Stars arose, and emitted yellow rays. The night ran through its regular
course, until the morning was dispersed by the red rays of the sun. Then the wise men of. the country
awoke from their sleep, looked toward the sky, and said: “Who is she that comes forth like the glory
of the morning, beautiful as the moon, excellent like the sun, and witltout a blemish? The glow of
her cheeks is fiery and a flame of the Lord, and many waters cannot extinguish her love, nor would
the contents of all the rivers be sufficient to drown her. Therefore we will not desert her, for she is
our sister, and athough she has become little and has no breasts, we will take her again into her
24
In the realm of the mind caused by a wave of material thought; by an overshadowing of the sun of intuition by superficial reasoning,
false logic and sophistry.
20 THE SECRET SYMBOLS OF THE ROSICRUCIANS.

mother’s house, into the crystal chamber in which she has dwelled before, so that she may be nourished
by the breasts of her mother. Then she will grow and go forth like the tower of David with its
parapets and battlements, on which are hanging a thousand shields and weapons for the strong.”
And as she came out of her palace, the daughters praised her, and the queens and concubines admired
her and extolled her virtue, but I fell down upon my face, thanked God and praised his holy name.

Thus, O you followers of the truth, the great mystery of the sages and the revelation of the
spirit has now been accomplished in all its power and glory. Theophrastus Paracelsus, the great mon-
arch in the kingdom of mind, in his Apocalypsis Hermetis, says that this mysterious essence is contained
in the beginning and the end of the world. In its power rest the elements and the Fifth Substance;25
it adapts the elements and the spirit to each other, and truly overcomes the resistance of the former.
It is the sole Noumen, a unity, a divine and wonderful activity. No eye has ever seen, no ear has
heard, and into the heart of no mortal has ever penetrated, that which heaven has incorporated into
this spirit of truth. In this mystery alone is the truth, and it has therefore been called the voice of
the truth. It is the power out of which Adam and the old patriarchs, Abraham, Isaak, and Jacob, have
obtained the Elixir of Life and great riches. By the power of this spirit the ancient philosophers have
discovered the seven free arts and filled their treasuries with gold. By the power of this spirit did
Noah build bis ark, Moses his tabernacle, Solomon his temple, and mold the golden vesseIs that were
used therein. Esdras restored the law by its power, and it is said that its possession enabled Maria,
the sister of Moses, to be very hospitabl.e to strangers. This spirit was universally used among the
ancient prophets: it is an Universal Panacea for all diseasses of body and mind, the last and the highest
mystery of Nature. It is the spirit of Good that fills the infinite universe, and that moved upon the face
of the waters in the beginning. The wprld cannot conceive of it without the mysterious and gra-
cious inspiration of the Holy Ghost, or without the secret instruction of those to whom it is known;
but the whole world needs it, and desires it and cannot exist without it; its value cannot be over-
estimated by man, and the, saints of all ages and of all nations, ever since the beginning of the world,
have earnestly desired to obtain it. It rises up into the seven planets,26 lifts the clouds, disperses fogs,
gives to all things their light. transforms everything it toucbes into silver and gold, produces health and
superabundance, virtues and treasures, comforts the sufferer, heals the sick, and cures all diseases. It is
the mystery of all mysteries, the secret of all secrets, the strength and the life of everything. It nour-
ishes the body, refreshes the soul, keeps man in continual youth, drives away old age and debility,
destroys weakness, and rejuvenates the world. Its quality is inscrutable, its power infinite, its action
invisible. its magnificence greater than all.
It is above all earthly and heavenly things, a spirit of spirits, a select essence, which gives health,
happiness, joy, gladness, peace, and love. It destroys poverty, ignorance, and misery. It changes men
into beings who can neither think nor speak evil, nor act wrongly, but who are all-powerful for good. It
gives to every one that which his heart desires. To the good it gives honor and long life; but to the
bad, who misuse it, eternal punishment.
And now we will—in the name of the Holy Trinity, and in the following words—close that which
we had to say about this great mystery, the secret of the Philosopher’s Stone, and we now, thereby,
most solemnly celebrate and conclude the highest feast of the sages:—
Praisem honor, and thanks be given forever to the most high and all-powerful God, who has
created this art, and whom it has pleased to reveal it to me through a sacred covenant. according to
his promise which he fulfilled in spite of iny own imperfections. I pray to him with all the aspirations
of my heart, and in great humility of mind, that he may rule and guide my soul, my sense, and my
understanding, by the power of his spirit of sanctity, so that I may not speak of this secret before the world,
much less communicate it to the unworthy, or reveal it to any creature,. and thus break my oath, tear
the seal of divinity. and become a perjured brorther of the golden Cross; as by doing so I would heap
the blackest of insult uprm the majesty of the Supreme, and would knowingly and infallibly commit a
sin against the Holy Ghost,27 an evil from which Good as father, son, and spirit the Adorable Trinity in
Unity, may protect me forever and ever. Amen! Amen! Amen!

25 26
“Mercury,” the Universal mind-essence. The Seven Principles.
27
The “Sin against the Holy Ghost” is the wilful rejection of the Truth after it has once been fully recognised and understood.